Library Freedom Project and SFI present the Digital Privacy Workshop for Librarians


Thursday, March 31, 2016; 1:00 – 4:00 PM


The workshop is free but space is limited. Participants are asked to register in advance at

Alison Macrina of Library Freedom Project and Bruce J. Boni, attorney and president of theACLU-PA Greater Pittsburgh Chapter, will present a hands-on, “know your privacy rights” workshop for librarians, demonstrating strategies to help keep library patrons safe from surveillance. Topics include: the government’s major surveillance programs and authorizations, federal and local privacy law, and information on how to respond when served with a government information request. The workshop includes a demonstration of practical privacy-enhancing technology tools that can be installed on public PCs or taught to patrons in computer classes.


Librarians in the Pittsburgh region and students at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. Currently registered UPitt students with a wireless-access configured laptop are requested to bring it to the session in order to enhance the hands-on experience.


University of Pittsburgh

School of Information Sciences, 3rd Floor

135 North Bellefield, Pittsburgh

Workshop facilitator: Alison Macrina

Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms.

Library Freedom Project privacy workshops for librarians were initially developed with the ACLU of Massachusetts. The Library Freedom Project works with ACLU affiliates across the country.

This workshop is presented by the Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh, and is supported in part through a grant from The Sprout Fund.

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