When: Wednesday, Jan 30 | 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Location: ICTC Ontario

Days: Wednesday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Public Libraries. Subjects: Programming, Public Service, and Technology.


Public libraries are encountering an increasing challenge: how to advocate and promote intellectual freedom in our current climate of unprecedented surveillance and collection of information by government and corporate entities. Not only are we seeing a systematic increase of citizens’ rights to protected free speech and privacy being infringed, this surveillance especially targets marginalized populations whose rights to intellectual freedom are most often challenged. This presentation will demonstrate why it is the responsibility of public libraries to protect the information of its users, outline methods to maximize user privacy while using digital library services, and explore how libraries can educate users on basic digital security and preventing the unwarranted collection of information.