Today marks the start of Choose Privacy Week, the annual initiative (always May 1-7) of the American Library Association that invites the public into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age.
Along with Center for Information Policy Research, I’ve been a proud supporter of Choose Privacy Week since its inception in 2010, including organizing a panel discussion on “Emerging Privacy and Ethical Challenges for Libraries in the 2.0 Era” (2010), participation in an ALA webinar on “Youth Privacy” (2011), the screening of the documentary “Big Brother, Big Business: The Data-Mining and Surveillance Industries” (2012), and hosting a talk by Dr. Kelly Gates on “The Computational Work of Policing” (2013).
Here’s what I have planned for this year’s celebration of Choose Privacy Week:
- On Monday, May 4, CIPR welcomes Prof. Neil Richards to UW-Milwaukee for a public lecture about his new book Intellectual Privacy. Full details here.
- I wrote a guest post for the official Choose Privacy Week blog that will appear on May 6: “Toward a set of Best Practices to Protect Patron Privacy in Library 2.0”
- The first in a series of NISO-organized virtual forums to discuss Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems takes place on May 7.
- Also on May 7, I will be participating in a 2-day workshop on Privacy Enabling Design, organized by the Computing Community Consortium, and hosted by Georgia Tech.
- I’ll be working with the office of a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly to help draft legislation to create privacy protections for vehicle black box data
- Throughout the week, I’ll be listening to Jeffery Rosen’s excellent set of lectures on “Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century.”