The applications we use influence the way we live and even the way we think. As digital applications have become increasingly corporatised and consumer-commodity driven, have we drifted from the founding principles of the Web, which made it such a magical experience to begin with? As I said, technology is transformative.
To complement the “skills agenda”, let’s also seek for youth to set the digital agenda more broadly. This involves asking questions like:
- What are our priorities for society?
- What do we want to achieve over our lifetimes?
- Which technologies would help to achieve these priorities?
- How do we build them?
Let’s match commitments to digital skills with the commitment to empowering young people everywhere to pursue digital passion projects of their own conception. Yes, this will require resources and financial support. But more empowered investment may result in skill sets and technologies which are more revolutionary than we even knew were possible.