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Libraries to help empower New Yorkers on digital privacy

From October 15 to 22, the City of New York’s public libraries will host over 30 free digital privacy workshops for citizens.

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The City of New York will hold its first Library Privacy Week this month, aiming to highlight the unique role of libraries in providing patrons with information about protecting their digital privacy.

 

From October 15-22, the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, Queens Public Library and Metropolitan New York Library Council will host over 30 free data privacy workshops. The workshops will cover topics ranging from using digital privacy tools to leveraging art to interrogate emerging issues of digital privacy.

 

Samir Saini, Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, said: “As our lives become increasingly digital, protecting privacy is a core value for New Yorkers and a priority for our City."

 

“As our lives become increasingly digital, protecting privacy is a core value for New Yorkers and a priority for our City." Samir Saini, Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

 

Training for librarians

 

Library Privacy Week 2018 marks the formal launch of the NYC Digital Safety: Privacy & Security initiative. Funded by the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, more than 1,000 library staff members have undertaken specialised training on online privacy and digital security.

 

This programme builds on the work of the Data Privacy Project and uses resources developed by the Library Freedom Project, the Mozilla Foundation, Tactical Tech Collective and the METRO Library Council. All of the materials from NYC Digital Safety: Privacy & Security were created under a Creative Commons License and will be available for use by librarians, educators and technologists throughout the world.

 

Protecting citizens

 

“As we get all New Yorkers online we must make sure that they are safe from the threats that come with using the internet,” said Alby Bocanegra, interim Chief Technology Officer, City of New York. “We are proud to support NYC Safety: Privacy and Security and applaud our public library systems — Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Public Library — for providing an invaluable education resource for New Yorkers with Library Privacy Week.”

 

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