Tag Archives: EFF

EFF chief to keynote Washington Update session at Annual Conference

Cindy Cohn, Legal Director and General Counsel for the EFF. Photographed by Erich Valo.

For decades, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Library Association (ALA) have stood shoulder to shoulder on the front lines of the fight for privacy online, at the library and in many other spheres of our daily lives. EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn will discuss that proud shared history and the uncertain future of personal privacy during this ... Read More »

Supporting the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015: ALA’s perspective

Rollercoaster at sunset

Anyone who’s followed legislative efforts over the past ten plus years to restore a fraction of the civil liberties lost by Americans to the USA PATRIOT Act and other surveillance laws will understand the photo accompanying this post. With the revelations of the last several years in particular, first by the New York Times and then Edward Snowden, many believed ... Read More »

Where the heck did all of these librarians come from?

Thompson Rivers University via flickr

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s topic is transparency, but I ... Read More »

404 Day: Stopping excessive internet filtration

Every day, libraries across the country are routinely overblocking content far more than is necessary under the law in order to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the law that requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software in exchange for certain federal funding. This week, patrons and students will get the chance to call ... Read More »

What does a New Year bring to our privacy and surveillance?

The article below is the first in a two-part series about surveillance. Thinking about resolutions or intentions for 2014 On this last day of 2013, like most of us, I’ve been thinking about new opportunities and challenges for American Library Association (ALA) work in 2014. There are all the usual important issues the library community must face: library funding at ... Read More »