When Erin Canning found a job in her field, after graduating from Mount Allison University with a B.A. in art history and anthropology, she considered herself one of the lucky ones. Entry-level employment in the art world, whether commercial or non-profit, is difficult to come by.
Over the next few years, however, Canning (above, right) decided that working at private galleries and in client services at Sotheby’s auction house was not for her. “I don’t like sales,” she explained. “It was great related work immediately out of undergrad but it wasn’t the kind of work I wanted to pursue.”
Instead, she headed back to school to try to solve some of the problems she had encountered in her four years on the job in the art world, including the fact that its information systems weren’t meeting its needs.
While working, Canning had seen software systems that were overwhelmingly large, difficult to figure out, and one size fits all. There was a steep learning curve that was difficult for users without techical backgrounds to master.
Information was also too “siloed,” causing difficulties associating client, artist and inventory information. For example, if a gallery received a new work by an old client’s favourite artist, there might not even be automatic notification.
In 2015, Canning enrolled at the Faculty of Information in concurrent Master of Information and Master of Museum Studies programs. Her specialty was Information Systems Design and User Experience Design.
Read more about Erin, who is shown above with the Aga Khan Museum's Marketing Manager Sahar Bhaloo (left). They are testing out the functionality of a photo booth installed in the main entrance of the Aga Khan Museum. The photo booth was a digital project that ran at the Museum over Summer 2018.
When: Monday, November 19 and December 3, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Where: McLuhan House, 39 Queen's Park Crescent East
Understanding Tablets: From Early Childhood to Adulthood
Associate Professor Rhonda McEwen presents background and findings from her recently published, co-authored book Understanding Tablets from Early Childhood to Adulthood. The book offers an alternative to the dominant narrative that young people are intuitively able to successfully use tablet devices. More information/ Registration
When: Wednesday, November 21, 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Where: Bissell Building, Room 417
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Deepfakes, deep harms
Imagine that an online video appears, showing you doing or saying something you would never do. You know it's fake, but not everyone believes you. This scenario may soon be possible, thanks to the use of machine learning to fabricate convincing video and audio recordings, so-called "deepfakes." Regina Rini, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at York University, and grad student Leah Cohen look ahead to the dangers of deep fake technology. More Information.
When: Tuesday November 27, 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Where: Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place, Room 200
Nominate an outstanding alumni volunteer
The Rose Wolfe Distinguished Alumni Award goes to a University of Toronto Alumna who has demonstrated leadership that enables or inspires others. Award recipients have demonstrated distinguished achievement in career and/or volunteer activities and made extraordinary contributions to the University and the fulfillment of its mission. Nomination Form. More Information.
Deadline: Monday, December 3, 2018.
Teamwork helps students face NYC Cybersecurity threat
Faculty of Information students Brittany Morison, Veronica Nagel, Michael Dockstator and Hazel Sands were in New Yorkwhen they got word of several cybersecurity threats. There was a ransomware attack on an airport, fraudulent high value trading designed to impact the market, and a network of fake social media accounts that could potentially manipulate public discourse.
It was all happening at the Cyber 9-12 policy competition, hosted by Columbia University. The scenarios were simulated real-world threats for student competitors practicing how to direct cybersecurity policy first hand.
Competing as the only Canadian team against U.S. schools like Columbia and West Point was an eye-opener, says Sands. “I think our proudest moment was when one of the judges commented that we had a shocking depth of policy knowledge on American cybersecurity.” Winning the Best Team Work award was another highlight.
The student competitors also toured the Morgan Stanley Fusion Centre, a cybersecurity response centre at one of the world’s largest banks. “It was like a NASA command centre from the movies," says Sands.
The entire experience has inspired her and Morison to work on plans to have the University of Toronto hold a Canadian-focused cybersecurity policy competition of its ow .
All four of the student participants are doing their Masters in the Critical Information Policy Studies concentration.
Arbor Award Winners
Lisa Douglas (center) with UofT President Meric Gertler and Chancellor Rose Patten
Congratulations to Lisa Douglas, Janet Reid and John Roberts for winning Arbor Awards for their hard work in enriching the educational experiences of Faculty of Information Students. More photos of the ceremony can be found here.