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What, me worry? It's just metadata . . .

So it's just metadata? Forget about it, eh? That, I confess, has long been my mantra. But now I read this piece by John Naughton, one of Britain's (and Ireland's) leading experts on all things Internet. Naughton writes for the Observer and teaches at University of Cambridge. At the end of his short, sobering think-piece, he supplies a link that enables gmail-users to see what can instantly be discovered about them. I tried it out. And I am still reeling. This is just emailing. Add facebooking, tweeting, clicking through on links here, there, and everywhere. The mind boggles. Don't take my word for it. See for yourself. (If you enter the Immersion program, you can afterwards remove access.)
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Before turning mainly to books about arctic exploration and Canadian history, Ken McGoogan worked for two decades as a journalist at major dailies in Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. He teaches creative nonfiction writing through the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at King’s College in Halifax. Ken served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, has written recently for Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic, and Maclean’s, and sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian. Based in Toronto, he has given talks and presentations across Canada, from Dawson City to Dartmouth, and in places as different as Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Hobart.