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"Digital Natives with a Cause?" newsletter Volume II

To mark the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia we decided on “connections” as the theme for the 2nd volume (containing three issues) of Links in the Chain. Connections are one of the defining features of a wiki website, as the interlinked nature of pages or entries allow for easy navigation and accessibility to networks of information from any point of entry. Connections are also a defining feature of the “Digital Natives with a Cause?” research project. There is the author–-reader connection that I am making with you right now, so often seen in the website that our servers were down on January 4th because we exceeded our upload limit. There is also the deeper albeit short-lived connection made by participants at the workshops. Part of the objective of this project is to create the spaces, both online and offline, and platforms for those of you, who under other circumstance would not be able to communicate, to establish a common dialogue – to make a connection.

 

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