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What to expect next week

This week we have introduced some of the issues around the digital society. We’ve started to consider the implications for those who don’t have internet access or the skills to make use of digital technology, and we’ve explored some of the opportunities presented by new technologies and some of the associated risks.

We’ve also looked at how we can be more efficient in our approaches to finding information, adapting our search to ensure we are retrieving relevant and unfiltered sources. We have thought about the importance of evaluating the information we find, and what the strengths are with using particular sources, from systematic reviews to encyclopedias. You have even made your own contribution to the growing body of research on digital society through your additions to our open reference list.

So, how did you find the first week? Is there anything that remains unclear? Was there any course content that surprised you? Do let us know in the comments below.

Next week we’ll be looking in more depth at ‘digital literacies’ and the skills you need to actively participate online. We’ll find out about digital personas and consider how to develop an online identity, choosing the right platform for our needs. We’ll also find out how we can stay safe online, managing the challenges that are often presented when we start to disclose information about ourselves.

In addition to all that, we’ll be considering how the internet has evolved, and what this means about identity and how we behave as citizens; in that regard, we’ll look at the opportunities presented by the online medium, and also some of the restrictions.

See you next week!

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Becoming a Digital Citizen: an Introduction to the Digital Society

University of York

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