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Social Media Lab @TRSMRyersonU

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Please join us for "Raising Teen’s Awareness of their Data Traces: A Youth Data Literacy Project" A @SMLabTO Research Talk by Dr. by Leanne Bowler, Associate Professor, Director of the Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology at the School of Computing and Information, and Co-Chair of the Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship at the University of Pittsburgh. (October. 12, 2017 at 10:00am), Social Media Lab, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.)

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Young peoples’ lives are indelibly etched in data traces created with networked platforms supported through Internet connected digital devices and software applications. Among these traces are the data that teens provide to social media applications such as Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram. These data traces of interactions within our socio-technical worlds, created consciously and unconsciously, collectively make up young peoples’ virtual, quantified selves. Are teens even aware of this data profiling, what it says about their identity, and how the data might shape their future? This talk reports on a project exploring youth data literacy and a series of data literacy workshops developed for young people ages 11 to 17, held in three Pittsburgh-area public libraries during Fall 2016. The workshops served two purposes. First, as a mechanism for examining young peoples’ understandings of their data worlds and secondly, to pilot test a library-based learning experience designed to reveal the relationship between social media behaviour and data.

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Leanne Bowler is an Associate Professor, Director of the Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology at the School of Computing and Information, and Co-Chair of the Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship at the University of Pittsburgh. Her teaching and research focuses on young people and their experiences interacting with information, data, and technology. Her research explores the intrapersonal competencies and practices of young people as they use, create, learn, and play in socio-technical environments, as well as the role that their families and out-of-school organizations like libraries play in this arena. Dr. Bowler has a Master in Education, a Master in Library Science, and a PhD in from McGill University.

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We are located at 10 Dundas St East, Toronto, Canada. When you enter 10 Dundas, look for the elevator bank (marked as Office Tower) next to the Starbucks on the 1st floor. Take the elevator to the 10th floor, our office suite (#1002) will be on the right.

About the Social Media Lab Speaker Series:

The Social Media Lab Speaker Series bring together scholars, researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas and debate key issues associated with social media and new media research. Held throughout the year, the Ryerson Social Media Lab Speaker Series is open to the public. It’s an opportunity to meet, network, hear and ask questions from fellow researchers and practitioners. Traditionally we invite leading and emerging researchers in the field to discuss theoretical and methodological topics that are of interest to the broader research community. We usually feature 8-10 talks per semester. The talks are typically about forty minutes long followed by twenty minutes of Q&A.

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