Craig Watkins, conference chair for the 2013 Digital Media and Learning Conference, explains the conference's thematic focus on civic participation - "Democratic Futures: Mobilizing Voices, and Remixing Youth Participation."

(1:17) "I think this conference is an opportunity for the digital media and learning community to help complicate the narrative that young people are disengaged, that young people do not participate. And to provide evidence, examples, and models of the ways in which youth activism in this country--and, certainly, around the world--are quite robust."

The conference will be held March 14-16, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference is supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the University of California's systemwide Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine.

More details about the DML2013 Conference and Call For Papers can be found at the conference website: dml2013.dmlhub.net.

Craig is interviewed in this video by Howard Rheingold, a cyberculture pioneer, social media innovator, and author of "Smart Mobs."

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