Mimi Ito is an international expert on how people use mobile technologies and new digital media in their everyday lives. Ito is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, part of an initiative that aims to determine how digital media is changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life.
She co-led the Digital Youth Project, a landmark study about the ways young people use new media, which was also funded by the MacArthur Foundation.; She is coauthor of the book based on the study: “Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media.” She recently co-edited a book on the Otaku culture titled, “Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture in a Connected World” and is currently editing another book on Otaku culture.
Ito is a Professor in Residence, Department of Anthropology and Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. She has two doctorates from Stanford University in education and anthropology.
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