A ban seems a bit like using a meat cleaver where a scalpel might be more appropriate. I’m also troubled by the potential message a TikTok ban sends; we want to encourage China to be more protective of and open to free speech, especially in light of the troubling shift toward censorship in Hong Kong. Can we really do that if we are banning their apps? By banning their apps, are we taking steps in that same direction?
Untold numbers of Americans likely had their personal communications snagged in yet another FISA surveillance dragnet. So, where is the media coverage to inform corrective action and public oversight?
By: guest contributor Sarah Hartman-Caverly – The true threats to intellectual freedom on college and university campuses cannot be solved by outside intervention – most especially not by state intervention. In this post, Hartman-Caverly extends criticism of the recent Executive Order on free inquiry by challenging its emphasis on learner data tracking, and questions whether intellectual freedom can meaningfully exist without intellectual privacy.
The internet has fueled our modern Information Age – a time when access to information is automatic and universal. But this touchstone for democratized knowledge has a dark past, and an even scarier present.
Americans can exercise unique freedom of speech rights granted by the first amendment of the US constitution. But can we expect to exercise these freedoms on the websites that have increasingly dominated our channels for communication?
Like a good proportion of the country, I have been doing my best to catch bits and pieces of the Senate hearings regarding the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the US Supreme Court. When I sat down to write this blog I wondered, what impact might Kavanaugh’s confirmation have on intellectual freedom issues?
Pro tip #1: Delete your Facebook. No, really. Delete it.
Are you interested in learning more about privacy and libraries at ALA’s 2018 Midwinter Meeting? Here is the current list of privacy-related meetings and programs scheduled for Denver, Colorado.
OIF posted a letter to Conejo Valley Unified School District about their opt-out policy.
There are probably numerous technology solutions, both high tech and low, that can help to stop these situations from arising. However, when thinking about these issues, it is also a good time to consider how much information the library needs from individuals in the first place.