Susan Fourtane of the Internet Press Guild and the IEEE Global initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, has described Generation Alpha, the iGeneration, as the “most influential generation of the 21st century”1. These are children born between 2010 and 2025, the first generation entirely born within the 21st Century with Apps, smartphones and ipads. They are not afraid of technology and have largely become entirely familiar with Artificial Intelligence such as Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistance. Is this technology engulfing our young minds or activating them?
David Calenda, University of Florence (Italy), Department of Political Science and Sociology, 2007, claims that “Young people are interested in politics but in a different way than previous generations. Norris (2002) talks of ‘a phoenix rising from the ashes’ referring to the fact that
disengagement from traditional conventional and ‘old’ forms of participation appears to have created new resources that feed on innovative, unconventional and ‘new’ forms of participation.”2
Education has to respond to the emergence of a technology sophisticated youth deeply interested in political and social participation, that are disenfranchised by a system of corporate greed and unfettered accumulation of the ruling political classes.