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Media (R)evolutions: Digital Natives

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New developments and curiosities from a changing global media landscape: People, Spaces, Deliberation brings trends and events to your attention that illustrate that tomorrow's media environment will look very different from today's, and will have little resemblance to yesterday's.

The world’s “digital natives,” young people born around the time the personal computer was introduced who have spent much of their lives connected with technology, are rapidly increasing in numbers.  Internet usage has increased significantly in the developing world in the past five years, and the digital native population in these countries is expected to increase by more than double by 2017.


This infographic illustrates the findings of a study conducted in 2013 by Georgia Tech Associate Professor Michael Best and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to measure, by country, the world’s “digital natives.”  The study is part of the ITU's report, Measuring the Information Society 2013.  Globally, the study finds there are approximately 363 million digital natives-- about 5.2%-- of the world's population of nearly 7 billion.

For a review of the study, please visit the Georgia Tech website and for a full version of the report, "Measuring the Information Society 2013" please visit ITU's website.

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