Digital Youth Research is carrying out ethnographic project on the digital youth under a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Headlined under "digital communications," "creativity" and "games," the project has posted some initial findings from Berkeley professor Peter Lyman.
He is a principal investigator along with Mimi Ito at the Annenberg Center at the University of Southern California, and describes his primary interest thusly: "how kids develop their ideas about information and information property, and how kids learn from their online experiences, especially games and play."
Digital Youth, funded under an exploratory MacArthur grant, naturally took note of the foundation's $50 million commitment to fund additional research in digital media and learning. MacArthur also has a blog and a book series - "credibility," "ecology of games" and "identity" some of its themes - if your interests run to that area.