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.
This workshop is free for METRO & myMETRO members.
About This Workshop
Led by a team of tech experts, researchers, community activists, and librarians interested in the impact of technological advances on everyone, especially the most vulnerable populations in America, the Data Privacy Project is focused on data privacy literacy, tools, guides, and network building with tech experts to support libraries’ increasing role in empowering their communities in a digital world. The project is home to a two-year IMLS grant-funded initiative and a Knight Prototype Fund idea.