Digital Privacy Toolkit

Date(s) - 12/03/2014
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Even before Edward Snowden’s shocking revelations about NSA surveillance, online privacy and anonymity has been a hot topic for librarians and others who care deeply about our 1st and 4th Amendment rights of free speech and freedom from unreasonable searching. But in practical terms, what can libraries do to safeguard patrons’ online communications from illegal spying? Alison Macrina, Supervisor of Technology and Information Management of the Watertown Free Public Library, will present an online privacy toolkit that offers real solutions to help subvert dragnet surveillance. These tools can be installed on public PCs or taught to patrons in computer classes and one-on-one tech help sessions, and they address things like search tracking, secure deletion of temporary files, secure browsing, and options for online anonymity.

Can’t attend the live event?  Register over here for access to the recording, made available within 7 days of the live webinar.

Alison Macrina ~ Biography
Alison Macrina is the Supervisor of Technology and Information Management at the Watertown Free Public Library in Watertown, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. At the WFPL, Alison has introduced a number of pro-privacy initiatives, including installing privacy tools on public PCs and teaching privacy and security computer classes to patrons. With the ACLU of Massachusetts, Alison teaches a privacy workshop to librarians in Massachusetts and elsewhere, covering issues of surveillance in libraries, legal rights and responsibilities of librarians, and practical privacy tips for library environments.


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