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Title: “I Will Be Your Informant”: Observing Young People’s Emergent Critical Platform Literacy Development
Authors: Logan, Charles
Vakil, Sepehr
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Logan, C. & Vakil, S. (2023). “I will be your informant”: Observing young people’s emergent critical platform literacy development. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 958-961). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Platforms mediate much of modern life. To assist young people in making sense of platforms’ power, researchers have shared different literacy frameworks. In this paper, we build on existing frameworks to outline critical platform literacy. We observe how young people practiced critical platform literacy through engaging platforms’ political-economic model of data capitalism and platforms’ technical surveillance capabilities. Practicing critical platform literacy by making platforms’ visible and hidden dimensions more transparent provides youth with one more way of understanding and responding to platforms’ increasing–and often harmful–influence.
Description: Short Paper
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