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March 19, 2008 |

We are nearing the end of three years of ethnographic work on the digital youth project that I have been helping lead together with Peter Lyman, Michael Carter, and Barrie Thorne. The project has involved a team of over 20 ethnographers, and we have conducted 22 different case studies of youth engagement with new media. These have ranged from studies of specific online sites such as YouTube and MySpace, to studies that focus on a particular neighborhood of afterschool program, to studies of interest-driven groups such as anime fans and hip hop creators. It has been quite a journey, learning from a diverse range of kids and learning from each other on how to work together in developing new forms of ethnographic knowledge and collaboration.

Although we are still a few months shy of wrapping up our analysis and writings, we will be doing our first major public presentation of our work on April 23, at Stanford University The event is organized by our funding organization, the MacArthur Foundation, together with Common Sense Media. We will have poster sessions featuring all of our case studies, and talks by danah boyd, Heather Horst, Dilan Mahendran, and myself. We also have a distinguished panel of respondents: Dale Dougherty editor of MAKE, Deborah Stipek, the Dean of the Stanford School of Education, Linda Burch from Common Sense Media, and Kenny Miller from MTV Networks. Julia Stasch and Connie Yowell from the MacArthur Foundation will also be presenting at the event.

You can find program details and the registration form at the Common Sense Media site.

Videos from the event are available on YouTube.