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Big Brother Through the Library

On Monday April 3, 2017 President Trump signed a bill repealing internet privacy rules.

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Collecting and Destroying Data? Preventing Government Surveillance

Libraries have a lot of uses for big data. It can reveal useful information for librarians, archivists, researchers, publishers, and authors. What does this set of mobile analytics data tell us about users and their behavior?

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Librarians Stand for Right to Privacy and Freedom of Speech

“Privacy is the right to a free mind. Without privacy, you can’t have anything for yourself. Saying you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”[2] Those powerful words reverberate what librarians have been preaching for so long.

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How Public Libraries Play a Role in the State of Privacy in America

It’s been a little over two and a half years since Edward Snowden’s revelations of the National Security Agency’s surveillance of American’s online and phone communications and records. Have American opinions of privacy been affected? And how has it shaped online behavior? Since the June 2013 Snowden leaks, the Pew Research Center began an in-depth study on how Americans view privacy and sharing personal information. Pew’s recently published report The State of Privacy in America reveals surprising results—and some interesting opportunities for public libraries to get involved in privacy and surveillance discussions.


Every Cloud Leaks a Little

A recent media scandal involved compromising celebrity photos allegedly hacked from the cloud via the celeb’s cell phones and then distributed to the general public. Shortly after this story broke, my local weather included rain. The jokes flew: every cloud eventually leaks a little.

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Keeping Your Personal Info Safe

A recent article in Technology Review[i] reported an app developer in Bulgaria is working on rewriting the Android OS so that it gives requesting apps false data. Unknown to many users, some apps require access to your personal contacts and location information before they will operate, despite having no apparent reason to access this data.