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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsHello, I'm Heidi Fraser-Krauss: I'm the director of Information Services at the University of York. Welcome to the University of York's course on Digital Citizenship. In this course we'll be looking at how technology has changed the way we interact with each other and with society.

Skip to 0 minutes and 21 secondsWe'll be exploring several major themes: for example, whether inequalitites in access to technology

Skip to 0 minutes and 29 secondsimpact on our everyday lives; secondly: is the internet actually a platform for us all

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsto have our voices heard?; and thirdly: can we influence political and social debate through online engagement? We'll also be looking at issues of information security and the risks of using technology poorly. Through the use of case studies and recent examples we'll be trying to understand how we can become more informed and educated users when we engage online. University of York academics will be sharing their views and findings on these topics, and they'll be engaging in robust debate about what digital society actually is. So, in summary, this course will be looking at the issues of digital access, participation, and identity, helping us to uncover what it really means to be a digital citizen.

Welcome to the course

Welcome to our course, Becoming a Digital Citizen.

Over the next three weeks you’ll come across a mixture of content, from real world case studies, examples of good and bad practice using digital technologies, videos from researchers at the University of York sharing their views on digital citizenship and digital society, along with thought-provoking questions and discussions with librarians and IT specialists. This week we start with an introduction to some of the key concepts associated with information society and the digital citizen. We will look at access to digital technologies, discussing the implications of the digital divide and how poor access to information and technologies affects a person’s ability to participate in modern society.

We will then move on to think about access with regards to the skills that are required to use digital technologies effectively and efficiently, thinking about digital ‘muggles’, citizens, workers and makers, and how we can bridge the skills gap. Finally, we’ll think about the different sources of information that are available to us and how we seek these using digital platforms, the pros of systematic searching and how to prevent getting trapped in the filter bubble.

We look forward to learning with you over the next few weeks, and hope that you enjoy the course.

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