Thursday, July 9, 2020, 1:00p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming how we work and live, and with this transformation come challenges that relate to privacy, surveillance and personal security. Library workers, as stewards of information and providers of internet access, need to understand digital privacy issues and help library users understand their digital rights.
Join presenter Alison Macrina, director of the US-based Library Freedom Project, as she discusses practical strategies that can ensure our library communities protect user privacy at a time when these rights may be at risk. She will demonstrate tools and best practices that can be applied in any library environment, whether in one-on-one user interactions or in computer classes.
Alison will also mention two of the current initiatives emerging out of the Library Freedom Project: a call for libraries to resist pressure to log patron visits for contact tracing, and to support the Black Lives Matter movement by divesting library operations from the police.
Alison Macrina is a librarian, internet activist, and founder and director of Library Freedom Project. Alison is passionate about fighting surveillance and connecting privacy issues to other struggles for justice and an analysis of power.