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Fact Sheet: Digital Media and Learning

Youth today live media saturated lives. Young people today spend an average of almost 6.5 hours a day with media. The total amount of media content young people are exposed to each day has increased ... Read More

Grants List: Digital Media and Learning

The MacArthur Foundation’s five-year, $50 million effort to build the field  of digital media and learning aims to understand how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic ... Read More

MacArthur Investing $50 Million In Digital Learning

MacArthur announced plans to build the emerging field of digital media and learning, committing $50 million over five years to the effort. Read More

White Paper: Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century by Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins, Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published this white paper that explores new frameworks and models for media literacy. Read More
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Annual Report 2005

A summary of the Foundation's activities during 2005. Read More

Exploring the Possibilities of Technology, an Essay from the President

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton discusses the Foundation's efforts to explore the implications of the digital age. Read More

SmartPhones and GIS Mapping Aid Community Development

With support from MacArthur, the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission is providing interactive web-based tools, such as SmartPhones and GIS mapping technology, to help communities and regions plan for growth and investment. Community organizations in the 16 ... Read More

The New Digital Divide: Media Literacy

The new digital divide is not about access to technology, but rather “a lag in competence and confidence in the fast-paced variegated digital universe…” says Jonathan Fanton in a recent op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ... Read More

Contest Examines What It Means to Grow Up Digital

Although computers, cell phones, video games and other new technologies are a common part of most teenagers’ lives, little is known about how they influence the way young people interact with friends, learn in school, or ... Read More

MacArthur Funding to Advance Internet Filtering Research

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School recently issued a press release about MacArthur's support for advancing Internet filtering research. Read More

Advancing Work on Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Era

MacArthur has announced five grants totaling more than $2.5 million to help balance the needs of creators and the public in intellectual property laws, regulations and practices in a digital environment. Read More

ENewsletter: A Time of Change in the Digital World

A discussion of how the Internet is changing conceptions of intellectual property and the public domain. Read More

Exploring How Young People Use Digital Media and Potential for Improving Learning

MacArthur has announced two grants totaling $3.8 million in support of research to explore the effects of digital media on young people, particularly as it relates to learning and education. Read More

Exploring the Future of Copyright in a Digital Environment

MacArthur has announced a grant of $600,000 over three years to Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society to explore options for the future of copyright in a digital environment. Read More