Nora Young and The Virtual Self

"We are at the dawn of a watershed change in the amount of data out there about us. It is created by us, about us. The stakes are high: will we use it for personal insight, and to build smarter, more sustainable communities, or will we use it for control, surveillance, and profit?"

That's the central premise of Nora Young's insightful new book: The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives are Altering the World Around Us.

Nora Young will join us at our next Third Tuesday to discuss the issues around the data we knowingly - and often unknowingly - share as our use of digital devices and social media increases.

This is an important topic. We should not stand by and let others make decisions that will have real impact on us. Nora argues in her book, "The more digital our lives, the more complete the Data Map. ... By talking about this rapidly emerging future we can start to shape it. ... We can either accept passively what our data will be used for, or we can participate in defining the values we want our data collection to serve."

As usual for Third Tuesdays, we'll roughly follow this agenda:

5:30 - 6:00 Doors open - Meet Nora, book signing, and network with others who share your interests

6:00 - 7:00 Speaker introduction & presentation, followed by questions and discussion with participants

7:00 - 8:00 Book signing with Nora and networking

I hope you'll join us at Third Tuesday to be part of the discussion.

Attendees will receive a copy of The Virtual Self

That's right. Your admission fee pays for a copy of the book. All attendees will receive a copy of The Virtual Self.

About Nora Young

Nora Young leaves a lot of footprints on the social Web as well as mainstream media. She is the host of CBC's thought provoking Spark which can be listened to both on CBC Radio One and as a podcast. She co-hosts a personal podcast, The Sniffer, in which she and Cathi Bond talk about trends they find interesting. On top of this, she blogstweets, is onLinkedIn. I'm sure she's also on Facebook and many other places where I haven't foound her.

Thank you to our sponsors

As you know, Third Tuesday is a community-oriented, volunteer-driven event. And we wouldn’t be able to bring great speakers like Nora Young to Third Tuesdays across the country without the support of some like-minded sponsors. We’ve been lucky to have some great companies step up over the past several years to help us make Third Tuesday happen. Big thanks are due to CNW GroupRogers Communications, the Canadian Internet Registration AuthorityRadian6 and Cision Canada for making the 2011/12 Third Tuesday season possible.

We want students to be able to attend

Third Tuesday is a great opportunity to hear about the latest developments in social media and to network with business and thought leaders. And we don't want students to miss out on this opportunity. So, if you are a student and would like to attend, don't let the admission fee stop you. Simply present your student ID card at the time you sign into Third Tuesday and we'll refund your admission fee, courtesy of Thornley Fallis.

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  • Len F.

    Enjoyed Nora's ability to connect the real and virtual/social worlds through some excellent examples of how social media influences our real world behaviour.

    July 16, 2012

  • Yvette D.

    Great presentation; looking forward to reading the book.

    June 29, 2012

  • daphne g.

    I get really excited when people who don't work in privacy or think about it constantly talk about privacy. So, I thought Nora's talk and the ensuing dialogue were great - I only wish more time had been left for Q&A - like someone else mentioned here, the discussion was just getting started.

    June 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very interesting and well presented. Nora is hot.

    June 28, 2012

  • Maxime G.

    Great insight on current trends as well as a large-scale view of the digital social evolution. It was my first meetup actively Tweeting and I think it probably was the most appropriate topic as a first timer. I liked how Nora was able to answer the crowd's question with ease and share her key findings from her research. Kudos!

    June 28, 2012

  • Bob D.

    Disappointed the convener cut short the Q and A - it was there was a lot of time left - over an hour - since we were booked until 8 PM anyway and just getting good when he cut it off ...

    June 28, 2012

  • Alfred C.

    Excellent talk.. I don't necessarily share Nora's hope that institutional actors will provide the best remedies for privacy solutions etc. I see the true benefits of ubiquitous data coming from the ability of individual actors to have access to information on an immediate/contextual basis - and then making better/more informed decisions with this information.
    Entrepreneurs will continue to drive this tech forward while institutions play catch up.

    June 28, 2012

  • Anne M.

    A thought-provoking event and a fun evening

    June 28, 2012

  • Mark B.

    A fabulous event. Nora is an engaging speaker with great insight. As always, we're fortunate to have top shelf thinkers at our events. Even the bartender told me how pleased he was that he had been introduced to Nora and Jeff (Jarvis).

    Perhaps it was the energetic crowd last night, or the acoustics of the room, I found it difficult to hear and be heard during the socializing.

    The emcees were fabulous. ;-)

    June 28, 2012

  • Christian L.

    A bit disappointed that she did not put the "virutal self" in the context of the virtual others such as companies and governments. She mentioned the app that would let guys in bar know everyhting about the girls present in the bar by cross-referencing information from google and facebook. Just think about what companies and government can do... and what would you know about how they are using the information availalbe to them (all that you purchased, when, your professional pattern, your education, personal info available from the net, etc.). They are probably shaping tomorrow's society by rewarding behaviours that maximize their benefits or interests. They do not even need to know specifics about individuals, just group behavious and patterns. I doubt very much they are interested in educating consumers on how to make intelligent decisions and understand the world they are living in. And they have resources that individuals or group of individuals (e.g. data activists) do not have.

    June 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Discussion was higher level than I was hoping. I think she has much more insight than she let on, and it would have been great to hear that.

    June 28, 2012

  • Jennifer B.

    Norah is a good speaker and raises interesting questions. I would have like to hear a bit more "philosophy" (e.g., what does this evolution mean, why is it like this, what can we do?). Observations and synthesis are needed, but I wanted a bit more.
    Norah did touch on it (be a data activist, some good uses of data).
    I look forward to reading her book.

    June 28, 2012

  • Kelly R.

    Nora Young is a eloquent and knowledgeable speaker. Really enjoyed the topic and looking forward to the book!

    June 28, 2012

  • Dennis Van S.

    Nora made it. She was the perfect guest for this audience, thoughtful, witty, and charming.

    June 28, 2012

  • Brett M.

    A book rehash. Appreciate the book.

    June 28, 2012

  • Joel E.

    Great crowd for an interesting topic! would have liked more time to delve deeper into the issue.... i look forward to reading Nora's book.

    June 28, 2012

  • Karen T.

    Really enjoyed it and listening to her - she's a great presenter!

    June 28, 2012

  • Susan M.

    Nora rocks! Bob and Mark rock! Great meetup, Joe!

    June 28, 2012

  • Jennifer S.

    I've been to one of Nora Young's talks, you will not regret fitting this into your day at all. Enjoy!

    June 21, 2012

  • Helen F.

    I am looking forward to insights from Nora especially since I work in the Digital World. It's also great that we have a Canadian author presenting!

    June 12, 2012

  • Ihsaan G.

    Looking forward to the presentation and reading the book.

    May 30, 2012

  • ray s.

    Enjoy listening to spark via podcast.

    May 30, 2012

  • Joel E.

    Great to hear that we'll receive a free copy of the book! looking forward to the presentation.

    May 29, 2012

  • Adele M.

    I'm excited to hear Nora's take on the topic and how it intersects with my work on Digital Legacy. And it'll be great to finally meet her in person. Getting a copy of the book is a fantastic bonus!

    May 29, 2012

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