We were recently introduced to Urs and his work.
The introduction was at Harvard’s screening of – Is School Enough, where he was a part of the after-screening panel.
Loved his noticing – that he’s never been in such a formal setting to discuss informal learning.
And his awareness of the need to get future teachers immersed in a new/old conversation/practice.
Here is the video recording of the after panel:
So – looking into his work.. from his Born Digital (book) site:
Urs Gasser is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of St. Gallen, where he serves as the faculty director of the Research Center for Information Law. He is a faculty fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. He has published and edited, respectively, six books and has written over 60 articles in books, law reviews, and professional journals. He’s also an advisor to international technology companies on information law matters. He lives in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
From the book:
The most enduring change wrought by the digital revolution is neither the new business models nor the new search algorithms, but rather the massive generation gap between those who were born digital and those who were not. The first generation of “digital natives”—children who were born into and raised in the digital world—is now coming of age, and soon our world will be reshaped in their image. Our economy, our cultural life, even the shape of our family life will be forever transformed. But who are these digital natives? How are they different from older generations, and what is the world they’re creating going to look like? InBorn Digital, leading Internet and technology experts John Palfrey and Urs Gasser offer a sociological portrait of this exotic tribe of young people who can seem, even to those merely a generation older, both extraordinarily sophisticated and strangely narrow.
book links to option to purchase as well as podcast interviews of authors, et al
Urs Gasser was presenting their (network of centers) research to study distributed governance groups
Streaming now: Italian Chamber of Deputies: Internet Bill of Rights panel (including @ugasser) at #igf2015 https://t.co/aTWzUqnH7I
Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/berkmancenter/status/663721467285274624
all of people all of internet all of time (quote from 3rd from urs.. that 4th from urs said last meeting) – 4th over also said – it is one people
guy next to gasser – vernaldointernet governance is moving into trade agreements..a challenge… many trade agreements behind closed doorstrade agreements have become prominent instrument for decisions on bill of rightsurs at -1:12 inlooking at berkman initiatives (from 100 took 30) – releasing paper that maps them out.. this weektop 3 rights that emerge : freedom of expression, privacy, right to access internet
urs at end1. acknowledge it’s taken us a very long time to figure out online consitutionalism.. we operate on uncertainty/complexity1\ we don’tunderstand what’s happening on internet, user behavior (esp childrent) – so data problem2\ normative questions…3\ we don’t know best instruments to accomplish goalswe should not put all our hopes on law..2. more important than bill of rights… is that we are at moment of great imagination.. we can build it, we can shape contours for future
3. increase interoperability… move beyond dicotamies
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from Sherry Turkle‘s reclaiming conversation p 221:
urs gasser and john palfrey – born digital.. a new style of learner.. picks up things here and there, taking bits and pieces.. .. tinker and associate. graze. when they need to go deep, the pause and dive. palfrey and gasser argue that there is no reason to think that an older generation, trained to gather info by focusing on several trusted sources read in depth, had a better learning style. it was just different.
but in practice, grazing makes it hard to develop a narrative to frame events, for example, to think about history or current events…. 11th grade teacher – my students are struggling. no dates, no geography, o sense of how to weigh the importance of things.
the problem isn’t web surfing. it’s turning to bits and pieces at times when a more sustained narrative, the kind you are morel likely to meet in a book or long article, would be a better choice. … they continue to skip what this teacher calls basic content..
whoa. i don’t know that Gasser‘s style is new. it’s enhanced by new tools for sure. (which is why today we have the means to set everyone free. as the day. if we were only brave enough to call out irrelevant s.) … we certainly will never have some miracle that gets to deep attention.. on some extrinsic/assumed-basic topic..