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CITASA MC 2.0 - August 10, 2006 in Montreal and Online

CITASA NewsThe onsite location will be at:

Hyatt Regency Montréal
Alfred-Rouleau B Room on level 4
1255 Jeanne-Mance, CP 130
Montréal (QC) Canada H5B 1E5

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CITASA MC 2.0 Agenda

8:00 - 10:00 Introduction to the technology
10:00 - 11:30 RT session #1 Social implications of ubiquitous computing
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch (provided for onsite participants)
12:30 - 2:00 RT session #2 Online social networks
2:00 - 3:30 RT session #3 Online health resources
3:30 - 5:00 Evaluating the online RT experience

We will be using the site as a common platform to
facilitate discussion between onsite and online MC2.0 participants. You will see that we have implemented the forum feature to begin initial discussions of the technology and the three main topic areas. Please also upload resources (papers, links, data, etc.) to the wiki (linked on menu above). If you have some work of your own you'd like to share, post it to the wiki and announce your intent in the forum. Or, ithere's a particular topic you'd like to lead a small discussion about, announce that in the forum. We'll aggregate any planned presentations and discussions and list them in updated, detailed agendas.

Onsite participants ­ we have a room reserved with seats, coffee and lunch for 40. The first 40 people who send me an email ( )with subject line: "MC2.0 ­ lunch" will get this prime real estate and the nourishment that goes with it. If (and I hope we do) there are more onsite participants than we can get in the door, wireless access will be available through out the hotel and we will happily reimburse your daily wireless charges.

Online participants ­ we can't buy your lunch. Guess we could email you a picture of the buffet but that won't satisfy your appetite. However, we will give active online participants a free CITASA MC 2.0 t-shirt (and they are not yellow) when we see you at the meetings. If you can't make it to Montreal, we'll mail you your t-shirt. We will also award two *special* rewards for 1) the most active online participant and 2) the most geographically distant online participant.

RT session #1 Social implications of ubiquitous computing
Computing and derivative forms of technology have pervaded nearly every aspect of our everyday lives. What are the causes, the consequences, the opportunities and risks? Where are the boundaries to this process?

RT session #2 Online social networks
MySpace = your moral panic? What are people doing on online social network sites and why are they doing it. Why are so many people so quick to see the possible dangers? How ironic is it that we often hear how socially isolating the Internet is, but as soon as it's used for explicitly social purposes, many in the media and the public focus solely on the down side?

RT session #3 Online health resources
Health information searches are among the most common online information searches. Online support and advice groups are wide-spread sources of community. Public health officials in the developing world are increasingly looking to the new forms of communication and information technology to bring health education and medical care to underserved groups. What does all this mean for the reliability of health information and the status of health professionals? How are consumers able to assess the quality and confidentiality of information communicated in these ways?

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