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WOTS Plus 2019

Stories, ideas, and more. Presented by The Word On The Street.

On Civil Society

Presented by
Toronto Public Library

TOK Toronto Symposium

Presented by
Diaspora Dialogues

Toronto Trailblazers

Presented by
The Word On The Street

All events held Saturday, September 21 at Harbourfront Centre

What is WOTS Plus? WOTS Plus is a special day of conversations on writing and citizenship.
Will exhibitors be present? Not at WOTS Plus. Please visit us on Sunday, September 22 to explore our full 2019 exhibitor marketplace
Are there kids activities? Not at WOTS Plus. Please visit TD KidStreet on Sunday, September 22 for a day of author readings and kids activities.
So what will be happening? Please read on to find out!

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On Civil Society

Location: Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room
Full WOTS Plus On Civil Society program details


12:30pm The Big Business of Invading Your Privacy

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Tim Wu

Professor at Columbia University, Author of The Attention Merchants

Ziya Tong, Moderator

Broadcaster, Author of The Reality Bubble

2pm When Algorithms Disrupt Social Justice

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Norma Möllers

Researcher at Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's University

Sarah Roberts

Professor at UCLA, Author of Behind the Screen

Adwoa Afful, Moderator

Writer and Urbanist

3:30pm Re-Imagining Tech for a Better World

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Saadia Muzaffar

Entrepreneur, Founder of TechGirls Canada and Co-founder of Tech Reset Canada

Beth Coleman

Co-director of the Critical Media Lab at the University of Waterloo

Takara Small, Moderator

Technology columnist for Metro Morning, Host of Globe & Mail podcast I'll Go First


TOK Toronto Symposium (Day 2)

Location: Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre
Full 2019 TOK Toronto Symposium program details

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite required,
availability on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Leslie Shimotakahara

Red Oblivion

Rebecca Fisseha

Daughters of Silence

Melanie Florence

Just Lucky

Joanne Vannicola

All We Knew But Couldn't Say

Zalika Reid-Benta

Frying Plantain

Becky Blake

Proof I Was Here

Derek Mascarenhas

Coconut Dreams

Anar Ali

Night of Power

12:30pm Leslie Shimotakahara + Rebecca Fisseha
Moderated by Aparita Bhandari
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3:30pm Zalika Reid-Benta + Becky Blake
Moderated by Ryan B. Patrick
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2pm Melanie Florence + Joanne Vannicola

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5pm Derek Mascarenhas + Anar Ali
Moderated by Shanda Deziel
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Toronto Trailblazers

6pm in the Harbourfront Centre Marilyn Brewer Community Space

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Book Launch for Toronto Trailblazers:
Women in Canadian Publishing

Join author Ruth Panofsky in conversation with
trailblazing literary agent Bella Pomer.

Moderated by Sue Carter of Quill & Quire.

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Ruth Panofsky

Bella Pomer

Sue Carter, Moderator