Almost, but not too late to tell @SpeakerRyan to #StopCISA

by Adam Eisgrau Managing Director, ALA Office of Government Relations Cross-posted from District Dispatch Loyal District Dispatch readers know that, literally for years, ALA and a strong coalition of groups and companies from across the political spectrum have been fighting privacy-unfriendly “cybersecurity,” aka “information” sharing, legislation most recently unveiled as the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S. 754). CISA was...

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Bolt the “Back Door” on Federal Surveillance

crossposted from the ALA Washington Office The FBI and its powerful backers in Congress have been pushing relentlessly for years for access to all of our electronic communications, even the ones we think we’ve protected. They want to require by law that any encryption technology and software we might use to protect our privacy be deliberately built to give all of law enforcement easy access to your otherwise secure phone calls, email, texts...

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FTRF and ALA join amicus brief asserting readers’ First Amendment right to be free of NSA’s online surveillance

Crossposted from the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Blog The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and American Library Association (ALA) on Thursday joined with booksellers, international, and research librarians to file an amicus brief defending their ability – and the ability of similar organizations – to challenge on behalf of their users government actions that burden readers’ First Amendment rights. The amicus brief was...

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Urgent: Help Rebury “Zombie” Cybersecurity Bill

by Adam Eisgrau, ALA Washington Office Crossposted from District Dispatch It’s back to the “barricades” for librarians and our many civil liberties coalition allies. Just over a year ago, District Dispatch sounded the alarm about the return of privacy-hostile “cybersecurity” or AccessNow.org“information sharing” legislation. Again dubbed a “zombie” for its ability to rise from the legislative dead, the current version of the...

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Privacy @ ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco

Privacy is on the agenda at the 2015 ALA Annual Meeting in San Francisco June 26 – June 30, 2015. Some highlights: RUSA President’s Program speaker danah boyd will discuss her research on youth culture, the “big data” phenomenon, and the role of libraries and librarians in a data-soaked world on Saturday, June 27, at 4:00 p.m. in the Moscone Convention Center West,  Room 3014-16. Privacy law scholar Neil Richards and...

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Time for Action: Ending “bulk collection” of library records on the line in looming Senate vote

by Adam Eisgrau, ALA Washington Office May 14, 2015 Crossposted from District Dispatch Last night the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 338 to 88, for passage of the latest version of the USA FREEDOM Act, H.R. 2048. The bill — and the battle to achieve the first meaningful reform of the USA PATRIOT Act since it was enacted 14 years ago — now shifts to the Senate. There, the outcome may well turn on the willingness of individual...

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