Norwegian youth and digital citizenship

A new government report on young people and power structures in Norway, NOU 2011: 20 – Ungdom, makt og medvirkning, has just been sent out for comments, and our department administration asked us Digital Culture people to take a look at the sections on digital citizenship and privacy in digital media. Petter Bae Brandtzæg was on the committee, and I imagine he had a fair bit to do with these sections. Skimming through it I haven’t seen anything very shocking, but there are some useful stats here and there. For instance, if you were wondering how often young (and not-so-young) Norwegians post about politics on Facebook, here’s the answer:

How often do you take part in interest groups or activism on Facebook? Do you often write comments about politics on Facebook? Do you often link to political material on Facebook?

The report discusses a number of Norwegian cases of online activism – the protests against the expulsion of Marie Amelie, against the power lines in Hardanger or the 50,000 strong boycott of Coca Cola that caused the company to cut off its cooperation with the father of the presumed murderer of the Norwegian student Martine in the UK. Of course, the rose parades after July 22 are also mentioned. The paradox of teaching children to always hide their name and personal information online, and then expecting them to take part in public, political debate, is also mentioned. The committee recommends that digital citizenship be made part of the curriculum in schools (they propose a whole new subject called democracy in an earlier chapter, similar to the British subject Citizenship), and that more research is done on youth and digital citizenship.

06. March 2012 by Jill
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