Creating an alternate reality since 1969
BC Libraries Conference 2016
Scott Leslie, BC Libraries Cooperative
Is there a problem?
Are we the ones to fix it?
1. Is there a problem?
Online Privacy Threats
- Criminals, hackers
- State - National security, Law enforcement
- Commercial Entities
- ISPs, employers, schools...libraries
- Peers, family
- Random Internet Strangers
2014 Survey of Canadians on Privacy
by Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
Pew Study "State of Privacy in America" late 2015
Open Media's crowdsourced "Canada's Privacy Plan"
Three key concerns that Canadians want to see addressed in order to tackle our privacy deficit:
- Warrantless access to personal information
- Widespread dragnet surveillance of entire populations
- Insufficient oversight and accountability of surveillance activities
2. Are we the ones to fix it?
eBook Security Evaluation
April 29, 2016
It can't just be one approach, the problem's too big
- Mozilla's "Easy ways to protect your online privacy and educate others" https://blog.webmaker.org/privacy
- EFF's Surveillance Self-Defence - https://ssd.eff.org/
- CryptoParty - https://www.cryptoparty.in/
- Various plugins to stop tracking, profiling
- TOR browser on the desktop
- If you don't need to know it, don't ask or store it
- Privacy Infrastructure
- TOR exit nodes
"Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say."
- Adam Chandler, "Patron Privacy in a Surveillance State," https://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/36316
- Mike Robinson, "Library Privacy & Commercial Surveillance"
- Soshana Zuboff, "The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism," http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/the-digital-debate/shoshana-zuboff-secrets-of-surveillance-capitalism-14103616-p2.html
By Scott Leslie