This morning, Nart Villeneuve from Citizen Lab visited with Tara Olivero, Assistant Director in the ALA Office of Government Relations (OGR), and me, Mark Bard, from the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Nart is visiting the US as part of the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Citizen Lab, which is part of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto at Trinity College, studies Internet Censorship worldwide. They are the developers of Psiphon, a technology that allows Internet browsers in a filtered country to connect to access blocked content by proxying through a computer in another country.
Nart came to ALA to discuss intellectual freedom and its effects on democracy. During our discussion he had several interesting questions and thoughts about Internet Filtering, and we were delighted to be able to share with him the perspective of the library community. We also had some great conversation on other privacy issues facing libraries, including the USA PATRIOT ACT and National Security Letters.
The visit was fascinating, and I enjoyed discussing these topics with Nart. ou can check out some of Nart’s work at Citizen Lab’s website.