Social Impacts of the Web

Friday October 16, 2009 – 7:30 p.m. at the Almonte United Church Social Hall

Speaker: David C. Coll, Ph.D., LFIEEE, FCAE, P.Eng. Professor Emeritus, Carleton University

Topic: Social Impacts of the Web


Social Networking: Whether or not one has their own Facebook site, uses YouTube to view the latest video on Susan Boyle, or ignores it entirely, web-based Social Networking is changing the world we all live in. This talk will look at the extent of the phenomenon, its technological basis, review some popular sites, and explore its social impact.

Speaker’s Profile:

David C. Coll has fifty-odd years of experience in engineering research, teaching, consulting and professional activities. He received his B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees from McGill University, studied Information Theory at MIT, and received his Ph.D. from Carleton University. Dr. Coll is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Life Fellow of the IEEE. Before joining Carleton in 1967, he was with the Defence Research Board. His research interests include adaptive communications, signal processing, “Wired City” concepts, and applications of broadband multimedia networks. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1998, but still lectures – in the Carleton Learning-in-Retirement series.