Lunch & Discussion: Exploring Youth and Media

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Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016

Time: 12:10 p.m.

Location: Pearson C


Photo Credit: Youth and Media, Berkman Center

Join members of the Youth and Media team from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University as they share their work on the Digital Literacy platform, an evolving collection of freely accessible resources (e.g. infographics, curricula, guides, and papers) about online safety, privacy, creative expression, and information quality. Team members will also highlight the creative possibilities of learning with technology and provide an overview of an ongoing Scratch project.

Youth and Media Presenters

Sandra Cortesi

Sandra Cortesi is a Fellow at the Berkman Center and the Director of Youth and Media. She is responsible for coordinating the Youth and Media’s policy, research, and educational initiatives, and is leading the collaboration between the Berkman Center and UNICEF. At Youth and Media Cortesi works closely with talented young people and lead researchers in the field as they look into innovative ways to approach social challenges in the digital world. Together with Berkman Center’s Executive Director Urs Gasser and the Youth and Media team, she focuses on topics such as inequitable access, information quality, risks to safety and privacy, skills and digital literacy, and spaces for participation, civic engagement, and innovation.

Paulina Haduong

Paulina Haduong is a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, exploring the intersections of youth, education, and technology. With Professor Urs Gasser, Paulina is currently working on Cyberlearning, the Digital Problem Solving Initiative, the Student Privacy Initiative, and Youth and Media.

Haduong holds a B.A. in Linguistics from Yale University, where she was a member of Berkeley College, and an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Andres Lombana-Bermudez

Andres Lombana-Bermudez is a researcher and designer working at the intersection of digital technology, youth, innovation, and learning. His approach is transdisciplinary and collaborative, combining ethnographic and quantitative research methods, design-based research, and media technology design. He is a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and a Research Associate with the Connected Learning Research Network.

Lombana-Bermudez has worked in the field of digital media and learning for more than a decade and collaborated on projects such as the Digital Edge, Berkman’s Youth and Media Lab, the New Media Literacies Project, and KLRU-Austin PBS summer STEM. His dissertation research focused on digital inequalities, immigrant assimilation, and participation gaps among Latino/Hispanic youth.

As a fellow at the the Berkman Center, he works with the Youth and Media team. He collaborates with the The Digital Literacy Toolkit and Coding for All projects, and supports global and Latin American initiatives such as Digitally Connected. He also continues to research digital equity with a focus on Latino/Hispanic youth and families.


Photo Credit: Youth and Media, Berkman Center

Lombana-Bermudez has a doctorate in Media Studies from UT-Austin with concentration in digital literacy and education, a masters in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Literature from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

About Youth and Media

Youth and Media encompasses an array of research, advocacy, and development initiatives around youth and digital technology. Located at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Youth and Media draws on the knowledge of and experience with various interdisciplinary backgrounds, including psychology, ethnography, sociology, education, media theory, and the law. Through these combined approaches, Youth and Media centers the voices and experiences of youth to research and cultivate the creative, educational, and revolutionary possibilities of youth activity in digital space while addressing the genuine concerns that come with living life online. (


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