January 20, 2015

Did you report that challenge?

 

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OIF is working to finalize our numbers for 2014 challenges and our annual list of most frequently challenged books. We collect information for our challenge database from both media reports and those submitted by individuals and, while we know that many challenges are never reported, we strive to be as comprehensive as possible.

We would greatly appreciate if you could send us any information on challenges in your state or region that you are aware of from 2014. The final deadline for reporting 2014 challenges to OIF is Friday, February 27, 2015. Even if you think we probably already know about it, send it to us anyways. Or maybe there are more details we can add to our database. Many times the status is left unknown because the case was reported before there was a resolution. So updates are also encouraged.

Challenges reported to ALA by individuals are kept confidential and we will cross-check your report with existing entries in the database to avoid duplications. You may report challenges by filling out and submitting the database form available in a variety of formats at www.ala.org/challengereporting. If you have any questions at all, please contact oif@ala.org. Please share with your library listservs.

Many thanks for all of your help and support!

January 19, 2015

IFAction News Roundup, January 11 — January 17, 2015

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from January 11 – January 17.

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Misinformation, Cyber Threats/Bullying, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

EU response to free speech killings? More internet censorship

Facebook restricts violent video clips and photos

ACLU joins fight over Pennsylvania law curbing inmate speech

Arizona’s Mexican-American Studies Ban Questioned By Appeals Judges

[Foundation for Individual Rights in Education] Endorses University of Chicago’s New Free Speech

Access, Corporate/Government Secrecy, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles

Facebook Will Push Amber Alerts to Users’ News Feeds

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Community Broadband

National Broadband Policies: Brought to You by Cities

Republican bill: Net neutrality protections without reclassifying broadband

Republican net neutrality bill would gut FCC’s authority over broadband

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

President Obama just made a big privacy announcement. Here’s what you need to know.

Remarks by the President at the Federal Trade Commission

FACT SHEET: Safeguarding American Consumers & Families

Apparent Islamic State backers hack U.S. military Twitter feed

F.B.I. Is Broadening Surveillance Role, Report Shows

January 19, 2015

IFAction News Roundup, January 4 — January 10, 2015

 

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from January 4 – January 10.

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Misinformation, Cyber Threats/Bullying, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Rage Against the Machine Defy Ethnic Studies Ban, Says Arizona Schools Chief – KRS-One also targeted for “promoting resentment toward a race or class of people”

Teaching Hip Hop Illegally Promotes Ethnic Solidarity, Arizona Official Says

Parenting in the Age of Online Pornography

Salman Rushdie: ‘I Stand With Charlie Hebdo, as We All Must’

Free speech, university codes collide

Access, Corporate/Government Secrecy, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles

IRS officials to discuss library tax form program

Our System Is So Broken, Almost No Patented Discoveries Ever Get Used

The Internet of Things Plans to Make Libraries and Museums Awesomer

School buses bring Wi-Fi to impoverished families

What is a library: Quaint vestige of the Gutenberg era, or cutting-edge panacea for social needs?

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

Law would protect students’ online privacy

Sony Hackers Threaten U.S. News Media Organization

Books and Browsers: Privacy for Digital Library Patrons

Protecting Consumer Privacy while Building a Smarter Grid

Snowden: US started rash of cyberattacks

 

January 16, 2015

School Librarians and Intellectual Freedom web meeting

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Since October, our office has taken calls from 52 librarians seeking censorship support. 39 of those cases involve schools.

OIF hosts quarterly web meetings with state IFC chairs from ALA Chapters and AASL Affiliates. These meetings are an opportunity for state IFC chairs to “meet” each other and to discuss state, local, and national intellectual freedom issues; projects & programs OIF and various chapter IFCs are working on; and how ALA can provide assistance and communication to your groups.

Because so many of the requests for support are regarding challenges in the schools, we are squeezing in an extra meeting at a different time to before our next quarter meeting (2/23/15).  Hopefully, this will be more accessible to school librarians. This meeting will be specifically about School Librarians and Intellectual Freedom. Theirs is a vital perspective to hear.

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 21, 3:30pm CST (4:30pm EST, 1:30pm PST, 2:30 MST)

All State IFC Chairs and/or Representatives are welcome to attend. We’ve usually had plenty of virtual meeting room space (max 100) so if you know of a school librarian interested in IF issues or has struggled with a challenge, please invite them. I really want to strengthen the connection between AASL and OIF. Please contact me if you’re interested in participating. I will email you more details about how to access the web meeting online. kpekoll@ala.org

Kristin

January 9, 2015

IFRT accepting nominations for the 2015 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award

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The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table(IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2015 Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality and anti-censorship efforts. The award consists of $1,000 and a citation. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Friday, Feb. 13.

The award is named after Gerald Hodges, who joined the ALA staff in 1989 as director of membership services and the Chapter Relations Office. Hodges was the associate director of communications and marketing at his death in 2006, but intellectual freedom and chapter relations were still his passions. A charter member of the ALA Legacy Society, he willed a portion of his estate to support ALA’s intellectual freedom efforts. Memorial contributions in recognition of Hodges came from many friends, colleagues and ALA chapters following the establishment of the Gerald Hodges Fund.

The Hodges nomination form is available on the ALA website. Nominations and supporting evidence should be sent to:  Shumeca Pickett, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Telephone: 312-280-4220 or 800-545-2433, ext. 4220. Fax: 312-280-4227. E-mail: spickett@ala.org

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of intellectual freedom; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom.

December 29, 2014

IFAction News Roundup, December 21 — December 27, 2014

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from December 21 -December 27.

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Misinformation, Cyber Threats/Bullying, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Licensing Speech in the Big Easy

Sony to release ‘The Interview’ after all

Sony Threatened to Sue Someone for Tweeting Screenshots of Leaked Emails

Pandora cites free speech to defend against artist demands for royalties

Ohio Conservative ‘Christians’ Freak Out Over Homeowner’s Zombie Nativity Scene, Threatens Lawsuit [VIDEO]

 

Access, Corporate/Government Secrecy, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles

The fair use case to show The Interview if Sony will not

National Impact of Library Public Programs

Hotels ask FCC for permission to block guests’ personal Wi-Fi hotspots

A Year in Review (and a Look Ahead): Time for Lifeline Reform

A controversial YouTube video could create a crazy new form of copyright

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

NSA released documents about improper surveillance on Christmas eve

Obama: North Korea’s hack not war, but ‘cybervandalism’

China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony

Apple issues first automatic bug update for Macs

Risks in Using Social Media to Spot Signs of Mental Distress

 

December 17, 2014

IFRT accepting nominations for the John Philip Immroth Memorial Award

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The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table(IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2015 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award. The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award honors intellectual freedom fighters in and outside the library profession who have demonstrated remarkable personal courage in resisting censorship. The award consists of $500 and a citation. Individuals, a group of individuals or an organization are eligible for the award. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Feb. 17.

John Phillip Immroth was a teacher, author, scholar, advocate and defender of First Amendment rights.  He was the founder and first chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table in 1973.  His impact on the ideal of intellectual freedom and its practice was great.

The Immroth nomination form is available on the ALA website. Nominations and supporting evidence should be sent to:  Shumeca Pickett, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Telephone: 312-280-4220 or 800-545-2433, ext. 4220. Fax: 312-280-4227. E-mail: spickett@ala.org

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) provides a forum for the discussion of activities, programs and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of intellectual freedom; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom.

December 16, 2014

IFAction News Roundup, December 7 — December 13, 2014

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from December 7 -December 13.

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Misinformation, Cyber Threats/Bullying, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Society, institutions, and common sense: Themes in the discourse of book challengers in 21st century United States [Abstract]

Facebook doesn’t transform free speech into a lesser right

New York Times reporter James Risen may be offered deal to avoid jail

Hanover [VA] School Board rejects request to ban controversial film

Dick Cheney Says Senate Torture Report Is ‘Full of Crap’

 

Access, Corporate/Government Secrecy, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles

The Next Big Thing You Missed: Silicon Valley Bets Millions That This Site Can Improve Our Democracy

Ghost of Antipiracy Bill SOPA Haunts New Copyright Push

U.S. senator [Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI]: Why couldn’t we have taken down the Pirate Bay?

Obama’s pick to head the Patent Office has Congress’s support. She just doesn’t have its approval.

Your Internet access could be tax-free for another year (at least)

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

Obama renews NSA spying program after reform bill fails

Hackers leak top Sony executives’ emails

Millions of Student Records Sold in Bankruptcy Case

Hack said to cause fiery pipeline blast could rewrite history of cyberwar

Dem senators warn cellphone tracking could violate Constitution

 

December 6, 2014

IFAction News Roundup, November 30 — December 6, 2014

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from November 30 -December 6.

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Misinformation, Cyber Threats/Bullying, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Social Media Help Fuel Protests After New York Officer Not Indicted Over Death of Eric Garner

Supreme Court split on free speech protections for Facebook threats

LA man first to be sentenced under California’s “revenge porn” law

In the ‘global struggle for Internet freedom,’ the Internet is losing, report finds

Twitter to make reporting abuse and blocking ‘easier’

 

Access, Government Secrecy, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles

School libraries are essential for learning [PA]

Outdated Regulations Will Make Consumers Pay More for Broadband

Study: $17B tax hike from Obama Web rules

Publishers Weekly honors ALA leadership for library ebook advocacy

Urban Libraries Council Recommends Higher Level of Support for Libraries That Serve the Most Users from the FCC

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

Obama asks Congress to fund 50,000 police body cameras

Online education run amok? Private companies want to scoop up your child’s data.

Who Should Own the Internet? Julian Assange on Living in a Surveillance Society

Key Senate bill would ban federal wiretap access to mobile devices

New bill aims to block forced government backdoors in tech products

 

November 29, 2014

IFAction News Roundup, November 23 — November 29, 2014

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from November 23 – November 29.

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Misinformation, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Do Online Death Threats Count as Free Speech?

President Obama on Ferguson Decision: ‘The Media is Going to Have a Responsibility As Well’

A Tyranny of Silence: One Journalist’s Battle Against Modern-Day Restrictions on Free Speech

‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Should Apply Worldwide, E.U. Panel Says

Library Tosses My Book, “God Less America” [Cordova, AK]

 

Access, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles

What Internet Users Know about Technology and the Web

Wikipedia’s ‘complicated’ relationship with net neutrality

The Universal Internet: Obama’s plan for net neutrality makes perfect sense

Obama’s Net-Neutrality Plan Could Mean New Internet Fees

Ferguson library sees donations roll in

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

What a Privacy Activist Turned Top Whited House Adviser Thinks About Cybersecurity

Anonymous messaging app scores big funding

Uber ignites new privacy fight

NSA Chief Warns Of Pending Cyberattack… Which He Wants To Make Easier With Backdoors

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