The Digital Youth Project is a MacArthur-funded $3.3 million ethnographic study of kids and new media, led by a diverse group of experts from the fields of sociology, psychology, computer science, engineering, media studies, and beyond. Researchers at both the University of Southern California and UC Berkeley contributed to the extensive report, and three years and 22 case studies later, their results have been published in their book, Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out (available as a free download), as well as via a 55-page white paper and concise two-page primer. The study is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind to have been undertaken in the US, and provides invaluable insight into the online and offline world of kids today. Boingboing offers their four-star review:

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