Posts Tagged as ‘surveillance’

February 7, 2014

Feb. 11 is “Day of Action” for privacy reforms

A heads up via the ALA Washington Office’s District Dispatch blog: On Tuesday, February 11th, library supporters are asked to mount a major action to urge Congress to pass major reforms to our surveillance laws. As part of The Day We Fight Back, thousands of websites will host banners urging people to call Congress to stop […]

July 18, 2013

FTRF, ALA join efforts to protect privacy and increase transparency around surveillance

Cross-posted to the FTRF Blog and Choose Privacy Week The Freedom to Read Foundation and American Library Association have joined with dozens of technology firms and other civil liberty organizations in calling on the Obama Administration and Congress to increase transparency surrounding government surveillance efforts. In a letter released this morning, FTRF, ALA, and the other groups led by […]

November 28, 2012

Call for Action: Tell Congress to Protect Online Privacy

The Electronic Computer Privacy Act (ECPA) is scheduled for markup tomorrow, Thursday, November 29th, in the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC). Originally enacted in 1986 as a means of addressing telephonic wiretapping, at a time when technology was less complex and the Internet had not yet become a ubiquitous means of communication, ECPA is no longer […]

May 1, 2012

Choose Privacy Week 2012: The Privacy Expert You Need to Meet – Your Local Librarian

I am honored to be the first blogger in a series of posts celebrating ALA’s Choose Privacy Week. Thanks to funding from the Open Society Foundations, this is our third year and we are so pleased to share with you our campaign’s growth. Get to know! There you can view the very latest news […]

April 30, 2012

IF Action Round Up, April 13-19, 2012

OIF sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. To subscribe to this list, visit For an archive of all postings to the list since 1996, visit Below is a sample of articles from April 13-19, 2012. Privacy Tim […]

January 6, 2012

IFAction News Roundup, January 1 – 5

Privacy/Technology NYTimes Op-Ed:  Internet Access Is Not a Human Right  No Warrant Needed for GPS Monitoring, Judge Rules How the Feds Are Tracking Your Kid Related: Data-Crazy Department of Education Throws Privacy Out the Window Daniel Solove: Student Privacy in Peril: Massive Data Gathering With Inadequate Privacy and Security First Amendment Rights Judge Rules ‘Uncomfortable’ […]

October 8, 2009

Update: Senate Judiciary Committee Sends PATRIOT Act Renewal To Full Senate

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-8 to send the PATRIOT Act reauthorization bill to the full Senate. The New York Times and the Associated Press provide an overview of the hearing. Senator Sessions (R-AL) offered several amendments (apparently sought by the Obama administration) that further limited provisions intended to increase civil liberties protections. All […]

July 11, 2009

Speaker change for Monday’s “Privacy in an Era of Change” panel

There is a change of speakers for Monday’s ALA Annual Conference panel “Privacy in an Era of Change,” sponsored by the Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Washington Office. Jeff Jarvis will be unable to join us.  In his place will be Craig Wacker, program office for the Digital Media & Learning initiative of the […]

June 16, 2009

Power to the Princes?

A new administration in Washington. New possibilities. Hope springs eternal, etc., etc. With the arrival of President Obama lots of folks in the intellectual freedom community (me included) were pretty optimistic. One of his very first actions was to sign an order requiring government agencies to be more responsive to freedom of information inquiries. Good […]

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