Library Freedom Project offers a number of different privacy workshops for librarians. We initially developed these trainings with our main institutional partner, the ACLU of Massachusetts, and we are fortunate to work with ACLU affiliates across the country when visiting libraries in different states. Our basic privacy training typically lasts about 3-4 hours (though we can tailor it to a shorter or longer session), and covers the following:

– a review some of the major surveillance programs and authorizations, including the USA PATRIOT Act, section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, PRISM, XKEYSCORE, and more, connecting the NSA’s dragnet with FBI and local police surveillance, particularly on the uses of surveillance against historically marginalized communities like Muslim Americans, people of color, and political activists, and the chilling effect of surveillance on speech and writing.

– a “Know Your Rights” training for librarians, detailing the contours of federal and local privacy law, as well as providing information on how to respond when served with an information request such as a National Security Letter, administrative subpoena, or warrant.

– a demonstration of technology tools that can help thwart surveillance from the intelligence agencies’ dragnet and the massive data collection done by corporate entities. These tools can be installed on public computers or taught to patrons in computer classes, and provide practical ways for everyday people to prevent search tracking, browse the web anonymously, and encrypt some of their online communications. The range of tools covered offer solutions for people at all levels of technical ability.

Lastly, we are happy to conduct workshops on more specific topics related to privacy and security. We offer advanced trainings on privacy technologies, classes tailored to the needs of specific user groups (eg youth, LGBTQ folks, activists, journalists) or use cases (eg preventing doxing), and more.

Please get in touch for more information.