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Host of CBC Radio s Spark to Discuss how Technology is Shaping our Lives

Author: Communications

Posted on Nov 12, 2014

Category: UNB Homepage , Events , In the Media , myUNB , UNB Fredericton

Are you thriving in the digital age? Nora Young, host of CBC Radio’s Spark and the author of The Virtual Self, will pose that question as the latest speaker in University of New Brunswick’s Andrew’s Initiative Series on Re-imagining the Internet.

Ms. Young will present her talk, entitled “Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Surviving and Thriving in the Coming Data Boom,” on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 pm at the Wu Centre auditorium, UNB Fredericton Campus.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

We’re on the cusp of a Data Boom, a new era in information, fueled by our digital devices. It will offer new personal insights, open opportunities for new services, and change the nature of our cities and communities. The Data Boom has the power to make our personal lives and communities better, but it also carries tremendous privacy risks.

Drawing on her book, The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering The World Around Us, and her experience as host and creator of CBC’s technology show, Spark, Nora explains how this Data Boom will change society, and what it means for individuals, businesses, and communities.

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape. She helps audiences understand trends in gadgets, apps, social media, and more, while showing them how to better protect their privacy in our increasingly digital world.

In addition to her role as the host and the creator of Spark, CBC Radio’s national radio show about technology and culture, Young is the co-creator of podcast The Sniffer. She was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has appeared online, on television, and in print.

The Andrews Initiative, created by former UNB president John McLaughlin, is aimed at fostering study and dialogue on issues of substantive importance to the community.

After the talk, Young will be available for book signing. The Virtual Self, published by McClelland and Stewart, will be available for sale that night. For more information, visit www.unb.ca/initiatives/andrews.