If you follow news about mass surveillance, you may have heard
about growing world of librarians fighting for Internet freedom.
Since Snowden's revelations in June 2013, librarian-activism in
defense of digital privacy and intellectual freedom has spread across the country.
Back in September, we wrote about our work with librarians in
Massachusetts, who began teaching digital security classes as a way to
introduce privacy-protecting tools to their patrons. That initiative became the
Library Freedom Project winning Knight Foundation funding
to expand the work to libraries nationwide.
The movement has reached a fever pitch as
like-minded information professionals nationwide work to shape
the role libraries have in ensuring that our rights go with us
when we go online.
The Library Freedom Project is convening a
special event for librarians, technologists, and privacy activists to
strategize about initiatives to protect reader privacy, reform digital
lending, combat censorship, and champion access to information
technology in light of emerging concerns over government surveillance,
censorship, and other forms of electronic exploitation of personal data.
The two-day event
will take place on June 29th and 30th at San Francisco's iconic
Noisebridge hackerspace, and falls directly after the American Library
Association's Annual Conference, which is also being held in San
Francisco this year. You're invited, and it's free to attend.
We'll have attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic
Frontier Foundation (who are leading lawsuits challenging the legality
of the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs), along with experts on copyright and the future of digital
lending from Creative Commons and the Internet Archive. Technologists
from the Freedom of the Press Foundation (where Edward Snowden is a
board member) and Mozilla will be onsite providing in-depth
anti-surveillance technology training at the hackerspace. The event also
features librarians from a number of libraries, including the San
Francisco and Oakland Public Library systems, as well as Oakland-based
Hack the Hood, speaking on the challenges of providing access to
technology and training for Bay Area youth.