Youth and Technology

Youth and Technology

Young people grow up in an environment that is increasingly driven by and dependent upon digital technologies. Their social, learning and play spaces are being encroached upon by ubiquitous technologies so that the divide between public and private, online and offline is being eroded. At a time of crucial development this leaves them exposed to a unique set of challenges, such as tech habit and addiction, information pollution, algorithms and discrimination and data surveillance.

Tactical Tech's youth initiative seeks to define and address these challenges alongside young people and those that support them. Through research, educational curricula and creative interventions, we will work towards increasing the data literacy of the next generation so that they can think critically and proactively about the digital environment they want to live in now and in the future.

This is a new initiative at Tactical Tech. If you are working on similar topics and want to collaborate we would love to hear from you. Please write to ttc@tacticaltech.org.

More from this project

Predictive Futures

This summer, tens of thousands of British school students took to the streets to protest the use of an algorithm that predicted their end-of-school grades. A new article on Medium from the coordinator of our Youth project, Daisy Kidd, looks at the normalisation of monitoring and surveillance in education.

What the Future Wants

A new article on Medium by Stephanie Hankey, our Executive Director, and Daisy Kidd, coordinator of our upcoming Youth project, considers how digital technologies are designed for young people and asks the question: What does the future want?

A Data Detox Kit for Young People

Data Detox x Youth is an activity book to help young people take control of their tech. This interactive toolkit encourages young people to think about different aspects of their digital lives, from their social media profiles to their passwords, with simple activities for reflection and play.

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