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Tuesday, March 10 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Media Literacy & Data Literacy discussion with Renee Hobbs & Monica Bulger

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Join media literacy experts Renee Hobbs and Monica Bulger for a discussion at #IdeaDrop. 

Data literacy: Managing the information trails generated by our personal and professional lives

Now that our daily lives produce mountains of data—through our social interactions, financial transactions and everything in between—what skills do we need to safeguard our privacy? What skills do people working with data need to sort through this mass of information? Drawing upon a year-long study of big data experts, Monica Bulger will discuss the emerging need for data literacy — for data workers, an ability to sift and prioritize, to find the data story, and be comfortable with uncertainty, for the rest of us, an understanding of what is being collected, how it is used, and areas of true concern. We will engage in a collective discussion of the role of libraries in mediating public understanding of and engagement with personal and institutional data.

Related SXSW session: http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_EDUP31131

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Monica Bulger

Researcher, Data & Society
Monica Bulger is a Researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute, a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute. She contributes policy research to multi-national groups such as UNICEF, ECPAT, and the European Commission. Her work focuses on the implications of technology use for youth with a particular focus on learning, safety, and empowerment. In this... Read More →
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Renee Hobbs

Professor and Director of the Media Education Lab, Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island
Renee Hobbs is one of the nation's leading authorities on media literacy education. She is Professor and Director of the Media Education Lab at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. Hobbs has worked to advance digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. In 2014, she helped launch the nation's first Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy, a 12-credit graduate... Read More →

Tuesday March 10, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
#IdeaDrop House 1706 Garden St., Austin, TX 78702