This week’s episode of On the Media includes a great segment on librarians’ history of activism against overbroad government surveillance, with an update on what some of us are up to today, including the Library Freedom Project! Listen to the segment here.
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This afternoon, I went on WBUR Boston’s Radio Boston program to talk about how Edward Snowden inspired me to start the Library Freedom Project, and why I think libraries are the perfect place to educate the public about privacy. Listen to me say “um” about a thousand times here:
Crossposted from Choose Privacy Week
I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but your password sucks. I know you use the same one for everything, and it probably contains some personally identifiable information – your dad’s birthday, your pet’s name, the year of your anniversary. Even if you think you’ve got a good password strategy, if it contains any kind of pattern – a famous quote, a song lyric – it can very easily be cracked. Consider how much access that password — the one you’re using for everything – gives to your private life. Whether you’re worried about exploits from criminal hackers or rogue government intelligence agencies, weak passwords put your private data at risk.
“DHS (Department of Homeland Security) fought to stop libraries from using privacy technology, but @LibraryFreedom beat them. Librarians are badass.”
Edward SnowdenBoard Chairman, Freedom of the Press Foundation