Choose Privacy Week 2014

Choose Privacy Week, May 1 – 7, 2014, will feature conversations about protecting privacy rights all year long, both inside and outside the library. “Librarians are staunch defenders of library users’ privacy, even as new technologies and a growing use of social media and online tools have altered the privacy landscape,” said Barbara Jones, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom. “Acquiring the tools and...

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Stop Watching Us: Join the Rally Against Mass Surveillance

This Saturday, October 26th, on the 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act, StopWatching.us, a coalition of over 100 advocacy organizations and individuals across the political spectrum (including the American Library Association) will host the largest rally against against NSA surveillance in Washington, DC. Beginning at 12PM, in front of Union Station, marchers will deliver more than a half-million petitions to Congress during...

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Act Now: Support the Amash Amendment to Stop Funding NSA Surveillance

Reposting from District Dispatch: Help put a stop to warrantless surveillance. Ask your congressional representative today to vote YES on the Amash amendment in the Defense Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2397. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) have introduced an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2397, that would stop funding the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance programs. Act now:...

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Choose Privacy Week 2013: Warrantless Wiretapping Under the FISA Amendments Act

This is the last in a series of guest commentaries written in observance of Choose Privacy Week by noted privacy experts and advocates. Today’s post is written by Mitra Ebadolahi, counsel with the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties and the former Nadine Strossen Fellow with the ACLU’s National Security Project Warrantless Wiretapping Under the FISA Amendments Act Imagine you are a human rights researcher trying to locate and...

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Choose Privacy Week 2013: Does Access for Everyone = Privacy for Everyone?

This is the fifth in a series of guest commentaries written in observance of Choose Privacy Week by noted privacy experts and advocates. Today’s post is written by author and library consultant Joyce McIntosh, former Outreach and Assistive Technology Librarian at Elmhurst Public Library.  Does Access for Everyone = Privacy for Everyone? A colleague recently asked me if I’d experienced any situations with patrons, either home bound or...

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