Watch: Insecure RFID an excellent avenue for destroying privacy

A video released by Motherboard this week shows how RFID devices sitting around an office (or say, a library) could be used to listen in on conversations from a distance because of the lack of security these devices have. While this video exploits a pretty high-level hack, it does show how a phone can be turned into a bug through a message sent from a wireless printer on the same network.


Censorship and the terms of service

Violating Blogspot’s terms of service led to shutting down an artist’s blog with no notice. Many are crying censorship. Is there any sort of recourse when a company owns the platform that’s being used?

Earlier this month, Blogspot suspended artist and writer Dennis Cooper’s blog that he had maintained for the last 14 years with no notice. Cooper has hired a lawyer and made several complaints to Google. The compaints have gone unanswered. The blog remains removed.

Apple-FBI Privacy Battle

Is Privacy Partisan? Apple verses the FBI

A new article out from The Atlantic examines whether privacy is becoming a partisan issue. Traditionally, digital privacy has been an issue that people from across the political spectrum have been able to come together to support. Between lefty people concerned about civil liberties and people on the right concerned about government encroachment, privacy is one of the issues that has been consistently able to attract strange bedfellows in Washington and throughout the country. However, the recent case between the FBI and Apple has shown that when the question gets reframed, support for digital privacy can drop like a stone.

intellectual freedom

Standing for IF when you’re in the room

Discussing intellectual freedom is a gift. Having the time to consider options and weigh exactly how a decision is going to play out is a gift. And it’s one of that often times, libraries simply don’t believe that they have the luxury of giving themselves. With staff stretched so thin, with money so tight, with so many programs going on, and with so little time in the day, many days (heck, many months) the goal is simply making it through while providing good service to the communities we serve.