Three More Digital Privacy Workshops Added to METRO's Event Calendar

A September run of our well-attended Digital Privacy events has been added to METRO's calendar. These events are grant-supported and free for all to attend.

Digital Privacy: Fundamental Concepts
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

As the Internet continues to grow, social media websites, search engines, and even our government have unprecedented access to our personal information. It's easy to enjoy the convenience of having the world's information at our fingertips, but there are trade-offs to consider.

As providers of Internet access in neighborhoods, librarians are on the front lines of helping patrons navigate privacy online. Librarians can play a critical role in protecting the right to search for information without tracking or surveillance, and in helping library patrons be safe online.

Please join us for an interactive training that will cover concepts and tools related to digital privacy. It will address questions such as:

  • What are the key elements of information security?
  • How does data profiling work?
  • How is personal information shared across websites?
  • What are the different digital services, devices, and networks at libraries through which patron data passes?

Participants will come away with improved familiarity with how data travels across the Internet and within library systems, as well as available resources for ongoing learning.

Register for Digital Privacy: Fundamental Concepts here.

Digital Privacy: Hands-on Tactics and Tools
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Whether or not you've joined us for our Fundamental Concepts course, this workshop is a great chance to understand the mechanisms involved in helping our library patrons navigate the new frontier of surveillance through our networked systems.Get hands-on practice with tactics and tools that can help your patrons have more control over their data and communications online. We will cover tools that library systems have already put in place, as well as others that are freely available online.

This training will include sections on risk assessments, password managers, 2-factor authentication, VPNs, Tor, antivirus solutions, and anti-tracking software.

Register here for Wednesday's class, and here for Thursday's. The curriculum is the same for both dates.

Email events [at] metro [dot] org with your Qs.