Inside the NSA Leak with Guardian Editor

MWscopeWant to hear inside information about the National Security Agency leak? Hear the “story behind-the-story” from Spencer Ackerman, national security editor for the Guardian (U.S.) newspaper at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 8:30-10:00a.m. in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, room 201 B.

Ackerman will discuss the ways that the NSA revelations have affected the public, legislators and other stakeholders. A former senior writer for Wired, Ackerman won the National Magazine Award for Digital Reporting in 2012. He began his career at The New Republic and wrote for Wired magazine’s national security blog, Danger Room. Following Ackerman, a panel of respondents will discuss how these revelations have shaken the American perception of privacy. The panel will also detail implications of the NSA leak for libraries, library users and open government.

Additionally, ALA Washington Office staff will provide updates on critical information for library advocates. Library supporters are encouraged to attend the Washington Office Update to ask questions and discuss the latest legislation, policy and regulatory issues. As part of the Saturday session, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about cybersecurity, federal library funding, open access, E-rate and much more. Library supporters will also learn effective advocacy techniques and tools, such as advocacy videos and social media.

The Ackerman program is co-sponsored by the ALA Office of Government Relations and the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Don’t miss these Washington Office breakout sessions!

What’s next for E-rate?
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 10:30-11:30a.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 201 B

Last summer, the Federal Communication Commission initiated the most comprehensive review of the E-rate program since its beginning 17 years ago. What does this mean for the $2.25 billion program and the thousands of libraries that benefit from it? Hear details about ALA’s vision and join the conversation about how to create an E-rate 2.0 that better serves America’s libraries and communities. The session will be moderated by Arent Fox, LLC Partner Alan Fishel and speakers include ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Fellow Bob Bocher and Chair of ALA’s E-rate Task Force, Maine State Librarian Linda Lord.

Explore the Future of the Federal Depository Library Program
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 10:30-11:30a.m.
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 201 C

The ALA Committee on Legislation’s Federal Depository Library Program Task Force is convening an open dialogue to discuss sections of their report released in June. We welcome all parts of the American Library Association as we look at the future of the Federal Depository Library Program.

Read more ALA Washington Office Midwinter Meeting sessions.

About Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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