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Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, focusing on children and youth's changing relationships to media and communications. She is part of a new research project supported by the MacArthur Foundation, "Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media" a three year ethnographic study of kid-initiated and peer-based forms of engagement with new media. She is also conducting ongoing research on Japanese technoculture, looking at how children in Japan and the US engage with post-Pokemon media mixes. Her research on mobile phone use in Japan appears in a book she has co-edited, Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life. She is a Research Scientist at the Annenberg Center for Communication at the University of Southern California, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Keio University in Japan.