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Nora Young, host of Spark on CBC Radio, will be at Third Tuesday Vancouver on June 19th to explore the growing trend of all of us to record more and more data about ourselves via social media — and the deep implications of this.
"[Self-tracking] might be anything from tracking your runs with Nike+ Run to checking in on Foursquare to posting status updates on Facebook, to posting restaurant reviews on something like Urban Spoon, all of the little everyday kinds of features that we're starting to keep track of and also that we're starting to share with other people," Nora said in a recent interview.
At first glance, these activities seem trivial and harmless. But we're putting more and more information about ourselves online, and once that data is aggregated, it can give a fairly comprehensive and accurate picture of who we are and what we do.
"We actually have to have some real public conversations about this, because it's not just about the information you're storing with one service, [it's about] the information that we're starting to store on all these different services, and what happens when you pull all that information together?"
BONUS: Everyone who registers and attends ($15) will receive a free copy of her book: The Virtual Self.