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Policy discussions continue at ALA midwinter meeting

More than 12,000 librarians, vendors and library supporters attended this year’s 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, which took place in Philadelphia from January 24-28, 2014. Large audiences participated in ALA Washington Office policy sessions, including conference programs that

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Posted in Copyright, E-Rate, Events, Library Advocacy

Is Snowden a Whistleblower?

Here’s a selected cross-section of op-eds and editorials: YES Edward Snowden Is A Whistleblower The American Civil Liberties Union Opinion – August 1, 2013 Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower The New York Times Editorial – January 1, 2014 Why Edward Snowden Should

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Posted in Cybersecurity, Government Information, Intellectual Freedom

ALA President: NSA surveillance “must be curtailed”

In a statement released today, American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling commented on President Barack Obama’s Friday remarks on the National Security Agency surveillance program (read the full statement). “After months of calling for more government transparency and public

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Posted in Government Information, OGR

Inside the NSA Leak with Guardian Editor

Want 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

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Posted in Events, OGR, Washington Office News

What’s next for surveillance reform?

Library advocates can expect 2014 to be a year full of privacy and surveillance issues. The potential for reform of our country’s surveillance laws and programs is serious business and will take dedicated association and grassroots resources to contribute to

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