Surviving and thriving in the coming data boom

Published on February 5, 2015 by in News

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Plenary speaker Nora Young

From your individual Facebook posts and FitBit readings, to the Big Data generated about how we behave collectively, we are in the midst of an explosion in the amount of data available about us. This Data Boom offers insight into our behaviour, helps us build smarter, more responsive communities, and allows for individual customization. It also raises chilling privacy concerns in an age of surveillance and data mining. At Friday’s CCP/ACP Convention plenary session Nora Young will argue that if we take privacy issues seriously, we can use the data boom to build community.

Nora Young is the host and the creator of Spark, CBC Radio’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture. She was the founding host of the CBC Radio show Definitely Not the Opera, where she often focused on new media and technology. As a journalist, author, and speaker, Nora explores how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Her 2012 book, The Virtual Self, on the explosion of data about our behaviours, opinions and actions, is published by McClelland and Stewart. Her favourite technology is her bicycle. Find her on Twitter, @nora3000

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