2017 #SMSociety Theme: Social Media for Social Good or Evil

Our online behaviour is far from virtual–it extends our offline lives. Much social media research has identified the positive opportunities of using social media; for example, how people use social media to form support groups online, participate in political uprising, raise money for charities, extend teaching and learning outside the classroom, etc. However, mirroring offline experiences, we have also seen social media being used to spread propaganda and misinformation, recruit terrorists, live stream criminal activities, reinforce echo chambers by politicians, and perpetuate hate and oppression (such as racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic behaviour).

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Saturday, July 29 • 15:31 - 17:00
What Is Your Data Silhouette? Raising Teen Awareness Of Their Data Traces In Social Media [WIP]

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Authors: Amelia Acker and Leanne Bowler

Abstract: The paper reports on a series of data literacy workshops for young people ages 11 to 17, held in three Pittsburgh-area public libraries during Fall 2016. The workshops, called Data Silhouettes, 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 the data traces left behind.

Saturday July 29, 2017 15:31 - 17:00 EDT
TRS 1-077- 7th Flr Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C19