Professor Denise Agosto Presents Keynote on Youth and Digital Literacy at University of Oulu

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Professor Denise Agosto, PhD presenting her keynote talk at the University of Oulu in Finland on June 8.

Professor Denise Agosto, PhD recently presented a keynote talk at the GenZ Foresights seminar on the role of culturally situated factors on Genz’s digital literacy. 

Hosted at the Tellus Stage at the University of Oulu’s Linnanmaa Campus (Finland) on June 8, this multidisciplinary seminar featured keynote talks from top international scholars about the core challenges and questions related to human-centric digital futures.  

Agosto’s keynote talk, titled “Redesigning and co-creating technology with marginalised communities,” elaborated on young people’s skills in digital literacy and the factors that intervene with these skills.  

As an expert in examining how young people engage in information practices, Agosto stated young people go online for four main reasons: for social connectivity, to alleviate boredom, to satisfy curiosity and to express creativity.  

The idea of the generation Z being born digitally native is, however, a rather harmful myth, Agosto said. She noted that culturally situated factors – such as privilege and power – determine how skilled a young person is in digital literacy. 

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