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Marion Walton
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Associate Professor Marion Walton’s research focuses on developing methods, theories and ethical approaches to the study of young people’s use of digital and mobile media. She has published widely about the development of digital and mobile media in South Africa, with a particular focus on young people’s identities, literacies, semiotic creativity, and their political and social agency. She has ten years of experience in working on interdisciplinary software development projects, particularly in ICT for Development and computer gaming. Her goal is to study existing technology and media practices and to contribute to design thinking which is empathetic to context, particularly to the experiences of socially marginalised young people. 

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She is currently engaged in projects developing technologies which set out to better serve the needs of young people in the majority world. Marion’s work and that of her students has been influential in the development of digital literacy policies in the Western Cape Province’s Khanya project. She has also worked with the Shuttleworth Foundation on the m4Lit project which pioneered strategies for publishing “m-novels” adapted for reading on low cost mobile phones. She has conducted funded research for Nokia/Microsoft Mobile and the IDRC and has consulted for UNESCO and Vodafone. Marion is a leading expert on the mobile web in South Africa and has been invited to keynote and give invited lectures at conferences in South Africa, the UK, Netherlands, Austria and Kenya.

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