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Internet Privacy: Skills for Encrypting your Online Activity

Internet Privacy Skills 2019


The future is here, and it's not pretty. Facebook knows more about us than we know about ourselves, and they're facing endless scandals about how they've misused that data. Digital DNA testing companies get breached, "smart" devices accidentally record private conversations, bounty hunters buy location information direct from internet providers, and government surveillance is just as pervasive as when Edward Snowden tried to warn us all back in 2013. Does our right to privacy exist anymore in this cyberpunk dystopia? And who can help us protect it? Librarians can. 

Advanced Registration is free, but required for provided lunch

The event will be held in The Community Room of Central Library on March 14, 2019.

11:00-12:00 Keynote address by Alison Macrina: "Privacy and intellectual freedom: lessons from Library Freedom Project".

With a longstanding ethical commitment to privacy and a welcoming and trusted environment, these defenders of intellectual and academic freedom are fighting back against the normalization of surveillance with the help of Library Freedom Project. Alison Macrina, director of LFP, will talk about why privacy matters more than ever now, and how to fight surveillance and make privacy tools mainstream and ubiquitous through the trusted space of the library.

12:00-1:00 Lunch, provided to the first 75 registrants

1:00-2:30 Drop-in do-it-yourself Privacy Fair. Bring your phone and laptop, and visit tables where you can learn about and install privacy tools. 


1. Passwords and password managers

2. Signal and the secure messaging environment

3. Anonymous browsing with Tor

4. Avoiding malware and viruses

5. Privacy on your smartphone

6. Steganography



Alison Macrina

Alison Macrina

Founder & Executive Director, Library Freedom Institute

Alison Macrina is the founder and director of Library Freedom Project. She is also a librarian, internet activist, and a core contributor to the Tor Project. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance to other issues of injustice, and works to demystify privacy and security topics for ordinary users