“The Internet has the potential to optimize learning for all ages and all walks of life. No matter where you are or where you come from, the Internet offers a window on the world,” said Rosario Dawson.
The Aspen Institute today announced the launch of the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet, a forum to understand better what is working, what needs improvement and how to ensure that online learning experiences are optimized for safety and innovation.
Did you know? The new initiative is part of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program portfolio which is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The Task Force on Learning and the Internet is comprised of 20 thought leaders with diverse perspectives in learning, innovation, and safety.
“We need to understand what we can do as parents, policy makers and professionals to ensure that our kids have every opportunity to succeed in the digital age,” said Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.
The online world is rapidly becoming a hub for civic engagement and life-long learning. Youth and adults create, remix and collaborate in a free-flow give and take of ideas and information wherever they learn. These exchanges help build the foundation for a life-long interest in learning and mastery of the skills necessary for success in school, the workplace and the community.
Check out some quick facts not to mention the names of 20 member Aspen Institute Task Force Force on Internet and Learning :
- Jeb Bush, Former Governor of Florida, Task Force Honorary Co-Chair
- Rosario Dawson, Actress and Co-Founder, Voto Latino, Honorary Co-Chair
- John Bailey, Executive Director, Digital Learning Now!, Task Force Co-Chair
- Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino, Task Force Co-Chair
- Meredith Baker, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs, Comcast-NBC Universal; former FCC Commissioner; former head of NTIA
- John Seely Brown, Independent Co-Chairman, Deloitte Center for the Edge
- Cathy Casserly, CEO, Creative Commons
- Anne Collier, Founder and Executive Director, Net Family News, Inc. and Co-Director, ConnectSafely.org
- Wanda Cook-Robinson, Superintendent, Southfield Public Schools, Michigan
- Anil Dash, Co-Founder, Activate and ThinkUP
- Julius Genachowski, Aspen Institute Senior Fellow, Former FCC Chairman
- Marne Levine, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Facebook
- Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft
- Alice Marwick, Assistant Professor, Communications and Media Studies, Fordham University
- Bruce Mehlman, Partner, Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti, Inc.
- Susan Molinari, Vice President of Public Policy Americas, Google; former Member, U.S. House of Representatives
- Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President of Programs, National Council of LaRaza
- Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla
- Deborah Taylor Tate, ITU Special Envoy and Laureate for Child Online Protection (United Nations); former FCC Commissioner
- Felton Thomas, Executive Director and CEO, Cleveland Public Library
Task Force members will meet over the course of a year to discuss issues surrounding safety, learning, innovation and the Internet. They will also participate in online public conversations to ensure diverse ideas and comments are included as part of their discussions.
The Task Force will also launch an online resource library that will highlight important research and other resources. Members will discuss experiences and viewpoints, analyze extensive research, review public input and develop recommendations that will advance healthy online experiences so young people can easily make smart and responsible choices on the Internet.
The Task Force will release a report with their findings in 2014. Click here for more information.