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IFAction News Roundup, September 7 – September 13, 2014

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:48am

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from September 7 – September 13, 2014.

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

A Joint Resolution Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of the United States Relating to Contributions and Expenditures Intended to Affect Elections

Another Problem with Banned Books Talk

A Whistle-Blower Spurs Self-Scrutiny in College Sports [UNC Chapel Hill]

Drag queens in Facebook name row

 

Access, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles

The State Department’s plan to spark a global SOPA-style uprising around Internet governance

Broadband policy history reflects unusual bipartisanship

Is the library dead? The answer is complicated

Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

TV monitoring service is fair use, judge rules

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

Legal memos released on Bush-era justification for warrantless wiretapping

Devastating ‘Heartbleed’ flaw was unknown before disclosure, study finds

Spy court renews NSA metadata program

Yahoo ‘threatened’ by US government with $250,000-a-day fine

Five million Gmail addresses and passwords dumped online

Categories: Book News

Affirm the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27, 2014

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:34pm

It may surprise some to find out there are hundreds of reported attempts to ban books every year in the United States. It may be even more astounding for them to hear that since 1990, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has received reports of more than 18,000 attempts to remove materials in schools and libraries for content deemed by some as inappropriate, controversial or even dangerous.

Banned Books Week, Sept. 21 – 27, 2014, reminds Americans about the importance of preventing censorship and ensuring everyone’s freedom to read any book they choose. According to ALA’s OIF, for every banned book reported, there are many more that are not.

This year’s Banned Books Week is spotlighting graphic novels because, despite their literary merit and popularity as a format, they are often subject to censorship. Graphic novels continually show up on the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Top 10 List of Most Frequently Challenged Books. The most current list for 2013 includes two graphic novels: Dav Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” series at the top spot and Jeff Smith’s series “Bone” at #10.

“Our most basic freedom in a democratic society is our first amendment right of the freedom to read,” said ALA President Courtney Young. “Banned Books Week is an opportunity for all of us – community residents, librarians, authors and educators – to stand together protecting this fundamental right for everyone and for future generations. We can never take this precious right for granted.”

Banned Books Week has been celebrating the freedom to read for 32 years. Libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will commemorate Banned Books Week by hosting special events and exhibits on the power of words and the harms of censorship. On Sept. 24, SAGE and ALA’s OIF will present a free webinar discussing efforts to un-ban books by visiting activists and speakers in London, Charleston, S.C., Houston and California. For the fourth year the public is invited to read from their favorite banned books by participating in the popular Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out on YouTube.

Past participants have included highly acclaimed and/or frequently challenged authors such as Judy Blume, Chris Crutcher, Whoopi Goldberg, Lauren Myracle and many more. This year’s new videos will feature Ana Castillo, Stan Lee and Lois Lowry, among others.

In addition to book challenges, online resources, including legitimate educational websites and academically useful social networking tools, are being overly blocked and filtered in school libraries. To help raise awareness, the American Association of School Libraries (AASL), a division of the ALA, has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day, Wednesday, Sept. 24. During Banned Websites Awareness Day, the AASL is asking school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how excessive filtering affects student achievement.

Many bookstores, schools and libraries celebrating Banned Books Week will showcase selections from the ALA OIF’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013. The list is released each spring and provides a snapshot of book removal attempts in the U.S. The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2013 reflects a range of themes and consists of the following titles:

  1. “Captain Underpants” (series), by Dav Pilkey.
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie.|
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  4. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James.
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. “A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl,” by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green.
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. “Bless Me Ultima,” by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. “Bone” (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Freedom to Read Foundation, National Association of College Stores, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Council of Teachers of English, PEN American Center, People For the American Way and Project Censored. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

For more information on Banned Books Week, book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s Banned Books website or bannedbooksweek.org.

Categories: Book News

IFAction News Roundup, August 31 – September 6, 2014

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 6:13pm

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from August 31 – September 6, 2014.

 

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Incarcerated For Writing Science Fiction [Dorchester County, MD]

Is it time to end media blackouts?

The Long Tail of the Arab Digital Spring

Texas Religious Leaders Try To Get Public Libraries To Ban Vampire Books For Them

Should Libraries Stock Anti-Gay Books?

 

Access, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles 

How McDonald’s and Corporate America are Bringing Internet Access to Rural America

With wireless competition heating up, time to thank the FCC

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford [Audio]

Broadband and the future of learning

Big tech companies plan “Internet Slowdown” to fight for net neutrality

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

Teens Are Waging a Privacy War on the Internet — Why Marketers Should Listen

Celebrity hacks: How to protect yourself in the cloud

Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls

First US appeals court hears argument to shut down NSA database

Appeals Court Will Reconsider Ruling on Cellphone Tracking

 

Categories: Book News

You’re invited to a free webinar: Regional Issues for Banned Books in 2014

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 3:47pm

Cross-posted to SAGE Connection Blog

Wednesday, September 24, 9am PT/12pm ET

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In 2013, there were 307 reported requests for books to be removed from America’s libraries, potentially putting those volumes out of reach of students, readers, and learners of all types. While every corner of the map faces unique issues related to library censorship, these issues also catalyze passionate freedom-to-read advocates dedicated to getting the books back on library shelves. In this one-hour webinar, we will “travel” from London, to South Carolina, to Texas, to California, to talk with three activists about the problems they face and their efforts to un-ban books as well as Congresswoman Linda Sanchez about why their efforts are so important.

  • London, UK: Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship, will start us off by discussing issues faced outside of the U.S. and how Index chooses to respond.
  • Charleston, South Carolina: We will then travel to Charleston — where the graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel has been a flashpoint in a university funding controversy — to hear from Shelia Harrell-Roye, a committee member from Charleston Friends of the Library. With the 2014 Banned Books Week focus on graphic novels, Harrell-Roye will discuss what her group has been doing to support this critically acclaimed book.
  • Houston, Texas: Moving westward, we will travel to Houston to hear from Tony Diaz, author, radio host, and leader of El Librotraficante. Diaz is a champion for banned books and for ethnic studies textbooks in both Arizona and Texas.

This banned books journey will end in California where Congresswoman Linda Sánchez of the CA 38th District, will offer some closing remarks about why the freedom to read is so important for our nation’s future. Afterward, our very own Ed McBride will wrap up the conversation from Thousand Oaks, CA.

register-now-buttonRegistration is free, but spaces are limited.

Planning to attend? Let your social space know about this important event using #FreetoRead14.

Categories: Book News

New books spotlight intellectual freedom challenges and triumphs for kids in time for Banned Books Week

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 4:37pm

The annual Banned Books Week, held Sept. 21−27 this year, celebrates the freedom to read. In addition to purchasing a copy of Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read, by Robert P. Doyle, to help learn more about the state of literary censorship in America, check out two new titles published by ALA Editions that spotlight both the challenges and triumphs of safeguarding intellectual freedom for young people: “Intellectual Freedom for Teens: A Practical Guide for Young Adult & School Librarians” and “Books under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books.”

Year after year a majority of the titles on ALA’s Banned Books list, which compiles titles threatened with censorship, are either YA books or adult books that are frequently read by teens. It’s important for YA librarians to understand the types of challenges occurring in libraries around the nation and to be ready to deal with such challenges when they occur. “Intellectual Freedom for Teens: A Practical Guide for Young Adult & School Librarians,” by Kristin Fletcher-Spear and Kelly Tyler for the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), is tailored specifically for these situations, providing much-needed guidance on this highly charged topic. Among the issues addressed are:

  • how to prepare yourself and your staff for potential challenges by developing a thoughtful selection policy and response plan;
  • resources for help when a challenge occurs;
  • the art of crafting a defense for a challenged book, and pointers for effectively disseminating your response through the press and social media;
  • the latest on intellectual freedom in the digital realm, including an examination of library technology.

Many things have changed since ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) was founded in 1967, but not everything: the most beloved and popular children’s books are still among the most frequent targets of censorship and outright bans. Limiting access to controversial titles such as “Captain Underpants,” “The Dirty Cowboy,” “Blubber” or “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” or leaving them out of a library’s collection altogether is not the answer to challenges. In “Books under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children’s Books,” Pat R. Scales gives librarians the information and guidance they need to defend challenged books with an informed response while ensuring access to young book lovers. Spotlighting dozens of “hot button” titles written for young children through teens, this book:

  • gives a profile of each book that covers its plot, characters, published reviews, awards and prizes and author resources;
  • recounts past challenges and how they were faced, providing valuable lessons for handling future situations, plus a list of other books challenged for similar reasons;
  • provides discussion ideas for planning programming around banned books, whether in reading groups, classrooms or other settings;
  • includes an appendix of additional resources for librarians who find themselves enmeshed in a challenge.

Fletcher-Spear is the administrative librarian at the Foothills Branch Library in Glendale, Ariz. She is coauthor of “Library Collections for Teens: Manga and Graphic Novels” and has written for YALSA, VOYA, and Library Media Connection. Tyler is the branch manager for the Van Nuys Branch at the Los Angeles Public Library. Prior to becoming a supervisor, she worked as a youth services librarian and was a mentor and trainer for new teen librarians.

Scales is a retired middle school and high school librarian whose programs have been featured on the “Today Show” and in various professional journals. She received the ALA/Grolier Award in 1997, and has served as chair of the prestigious Newberry, Caldecott, and Wilder Award committees, and is a past president of the Association of Library Service for Children (ALSC). She has been actively involved with ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee for a number of years, is a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, serves on the Council of Advisers of the National Coalition Against Censorship, and acts as a spokesperson for First Amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults. Author of “Teaching Banned Books: Twelve Guides for Young Readers and Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Library,” she also writes for School Library Journal, the Random House website, and Book Links magazine.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. ALA Editions publishes resources used worldwide by tens of thousands of library and information professionals to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a growing range of print and electronic formats. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5418 or editionsmarketing@ala.org.

Categories: Book News

2014 edition of “Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read” is now available at the ALA Store Online!

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 2:30pm
2014 Edition

2014 Edition

Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read, by Robert P. Doyle, is an essential reference for all who read, write, and work with books.  This updated and expanded 2014 edition, now available at the ALA Store Online, features a new, streamlined design that will make this an essential reference you’ll return to time and again.

Librarians, educators, students, and parents along with publishers, booksellers, writers, and readers interested in the current state of literary censorship in America–especially in our libraries and schools–will find this volume indispensable. This new edition of Banned Books by noted First Amendment advocate Robert P. Doyle details incidents of book bannings from 387 BC to 2014.

Banned Books: Challenging Our Freedom to Read provides a framework for understanding censorship and the protections guaranteed to us through the First Amendment. Interpretations of the uniquely American notion of freedom of expression–and our freedom to read what we choose–are supplemented by straightforward, easily accessible information that will inspire further exploration.

Contents include:

Insight–The Challenge of Censorship

Interpretation–The First Amendment, the Freedom of Expression, and the Freedom to Read

Information–First Amendment Timeline, Court Cases,. Glossary, Bibliography, Quotations, and Action Guide

Incidents–Top Ten Challenged Books of 2013 and Banned or Challenged Books–almost 2,000 titles listed alphabetically by author plus Title, Topical, and Geographic Indices.

Read a sample of the book!

Also available at the ALA Store is this year’s Banned Books Week campaign, which features the tagline “Have You Seen Us?”
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Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books from across the United States. Use these products to help emphasize the importance of the First Amendment and the power of uncensored literature.

For more information on how you can celebrate your freedom to read, check out ala.org/bbooks and bannedbooksweek.org.

 

Categories: Book News

IFAction News Roundup, July 27 – August 2, 2014

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 8:27am

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from July 27 – August 2, 2014.

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Manassas [VA] case rekindles debate over penalties for ‘sexting’

Bucks County [PA] teacher whose blog made headlines is fired

Former CIA/NSA Boss Michael Hayden Admits Ed Snowden Was A Whistleblower

After CIA gets secret whistleblower email, Congress worries about more spying

3 Killed in a Facebook Blasphemy Rampage in Pakistan

 

Access, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles

FCC calls Verizon’s new data throttling plan a ‘disturbing’ development

Why one New Jersey school district killed its student laptop program

How the history of electricity explains municipal broadband

Duke Professors Looking To Make Legal Texts Affordable; Kicking Off With Intellectual Property Law

California’s digital divide still gaping

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

BitTorrent unveils NSA-proof online calling and messaging software

Think the Supreme Court protected your cellphone from warrantless searches? Think again.

Senators unveil bill to protect student privacy

Leahy Introduces Historic Bill To Ban NSA’s Dragnet Collection Of Americans’ Electronic Communications

Personal Privacy Is Only One of the Costs of NSA Surveillance

Categories: Book News

IFAction News Roundup, July 13 – July 19, 2014

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 11:32am

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from July 13 – July 19, 2014.

 

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

E-mails show NSA monitored destruction of Snowden data at The Guardian

Appeals Court Rejects D.C. Teacher’s Speech-Retaliation Suit

Swedish court upholds arrest warrant for Julian Assange

After public outcry, Singapore backpedals on destruction of 2 gay-themed book titles

VA uses patient privacy to go after whistleblowers, critics say

 

Access, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles 

Keeping Track of the Open Internet Comments Submitted to the FCC

FCC swamped with last-minute comments on net neutrality

Democrats push to make the Internet a utility

Net neutrality, a Trojan horse for increased government control of the Internet 

Close The Libraries And Buy Everyone An Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

NSA: Releasing Snowden Emails Would Violate His Privacy

$20M Facebook Ad Deal Violates Privacy Laws, Parents Say

UN Human Rights Report Confirms Government Surveillance Violates Privacy Rights

ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation Join Idaho Mom’s Legal Challenge to NSA Surveillance

NSA Responds To Snowden Claim That Intercepted Nude Pics ‘Routinely’ Passed Around By Employees

 

Categories: Book News

IFAction News Roundup, July 6 – July 12, 2014

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:11pm

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from July 6 – July 12, 2014.

 

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Board removes book [The Miseducation of Cameron Post] from summer reading list [Lewes, DE]

Woman Loses Her Job of 24 Years For Giving Very Common Pleasantry to Customers [KY]

Franken: Net neutrality is ‘First Amendment issue of our time’ 

Google tells music website to censor album covers

Is there a second NSA leaker after Snowden? 

 

Access, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles 

Google’s Growing Silence on Saving Open Internet Leaves Fight to Startups

Dear Secretary Duncan: Net Neutrality is an Education Issue

‘A Threat to Internet Freedom’

Net Neutrality Survey Finds Fast Lane Support

What Do Kansas and Nebraska Have Against Small Libraries?

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

Crypto weakness in smart LED lightbulbs exposes Wi-Fi passwords

LAPD Exposes Login To Data Harvesting Software During Interview With CNN

Why Facebook is beating the FBI at facial recognition

Latest Snowden leak: NSA, FBI targeted prominent US Muslims 

Richard Clarke on the Future of Privacy: Only the Rich Will Have It

Categories: Book News

Zoia Horn, library icon, dies at 96

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:07pm

Zoia Horn, who was chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee in the mid-70s and who spent 20 days in jail rather than testify in a trial involving anti-Vietnam War activists, died Saturday at the age of 96. Horn’s autobiography, Zoia!, is available online via Archive.org, and includes a copious accounting of her activism.  The California Library Association’s annual intellectual freedom award is named in her honor.

“She lived what she believed,” said Barbara Jones, director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom.  “She didn’t just talk about intellectual freedom and the freedom to read. She was on the front lines her whole career. She was an idol to many, many librarians.”

Library Juice has a short obituary.  And here is a great 2002 profile of her in the San Francisco Chronicle, written in the wake of the passage Patriot Act.  It’s notable that even in her last days, she asked her daughter, Catherine Marrion, to contact OIF in order to bring attention to her opposition to the 1977 ALA film The Speaker.

Marrion has indicated that there will be a memorial service in Oakland next month. We will pass along details when they become available.

Categories: Book News

OIF Director Barbara Jones Asks Cape Henlopen School Board to restore book to summer reading list

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 3:09pm

Today Barbara Jones,  director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, sent a letter to the Cape Henlopen Board of Education in Delaware protesting their decision to remove emily m. danforth’s critically acclaimed young adult novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post from its ninth grade summer reading list. The novel, about a young lesbian’s coming of age in 1990′s Montana, was on a list developed by librarians across the state as recommended for incoming high school honors and college prep students.  The letter notes that the school board apparently did not follow its own reconsideration policy in removing the book from its list.

More details about the board’s decision to remove The Miseducation of Cameron Post are available from the local newspaper, the Cape Gazette: Board removes book from summer reading list, and from the Diversity in YA blog.

See also author danforth’s response to the Board’s decision.

Update: The Delaware Library Association also has written a letter to the Cape Henlopen Board of Education, asking them to reconsider the decision to remove The Miseducation of Cameron Post from the summer reading list.

Categories: Book News

IFAction News Roundup, June 29 – July 5, 2014

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 10:44pm

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from June 29 – July 5, 2014.

 

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Ads prompt libraries to put newspaper out of sight [Detroit]

On the Next Docket: How the First Amendment Applies to Social Media

Feds Ignore First Amendment, Supreme Court Precedent In Seizing Domain Of Social Network For Sex Workers

YouTube reportedly in talks with indie labels to avoid blocking videos

 

Access, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles 

ALA encourages next step in E-rate improvements

No-IP regains control of some domains wrested by Microsoft

Edtech Startups Protest FCC Proposal for ‘Two-Tiered Internet’

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

Butler warns students, staff, alums of data breach [Indianapolis]

Facebook responds to criticism of its experiment on users

New Snowden docs: NSA spies on pretty much everyone abroad

Why a government watchdog says your phone calls are private, but your e-mails are not

Why cyber-insurance will be the next big thing

Categories: Book News

IFAction News Roundup, June 22 – 28, 2014

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 11:22pm

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from June 22 – June 28, 2014.

 

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic ‘Buffer Zone’ Law

Carnegie medal under fire after ‘vile and dangerous’ Bunker Diary wins

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

North Korea threatens war on US over Kim Jong-un movie

Filtered-down access: an uncensored look at technology and the LGBT community

 

Access, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles 

Closing the Connectivity Gap

Gay Dem: Internet can be ‘salvation’

Mayors Strongly Back Network Neutrality

New York and Chicago Libraries Loan Hot Spots like Books

Aereo Defeat Sets Up Bigger, Broader Fight for TV

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

Supreme Court Says Phones Can’t Be Searched Without a Warrant

Why the Supreme Court May Finally Protect Your Privacy in the Cloud

U.S. NSA granted extension to collect bulk phone data

Facial recognition proposal lacks privacy protections, advocate says

When a Health Plan Knows How You Shop

Categories: Book News

Monday intellectual freedom meetings & programs @ #ALAAC14

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 8:11pm

Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

Monday, June 30

Now Showing @ ALA: The Speaker…A Film About Freedom

When: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Where: LVCC-N242
Who: Cinephiles, cinephobes, idealists & contrarians
Why me?: In advance of IFC’s Monday program, “Speaking about ‘The Speaker’,” we invite you to join us at a screening of the 42-minute 1977 film produced by the Intellectual Freedom Committee. The film proved highly controversial within the Association. This will be a chance for you to see it for yourself and participate in a moderated discussion. It is also available on YouTube. A pathfinder of resources on the film and attendant controversy is available atwww.ala.org/tools/speaker.

Intellectual Freedom Round Table II

When: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Where: LVCC-N201
Who: IFRT members and the member-curious
Why me?: IFRT is the ALA member’s best avenue for getting involved in the intellectual freedom activities of the American Library Association. Find out about the committees, programs, and other projects of the Round Table and lend your two cents to the discussion of IF issues faced by librarians, our communities, and the Association.

Information Manipulation Part II: Surveillance

When: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Where: LVCC-N243
Who: All are welcome.  (Note: we won’t take notes on who is there.) Sponsored by the Committee on Legislation
Why me?:  What does the collection and retention of bulk phone records and other personal information mean for the public and for our library users? Is personal information and Internet access being managed and manipulated by the government and/private companies? Featuring Thomas Susman, Esq., American Bar Association, Director of Government Affairs. A panel of respondents include George Christian, Executive Director of Library Connection and one of the Connecticut Four involved in the FBI/NASA challenge, Vivian R. Wynn, President of Wynn Library Consulting and Chair of the ALA Committee on Legislation and others to discuss the challenges and implications.

Speaking About “The Speaker”

When: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Where: LVCC-N253
Who: Everyone who is interested in learning more about and discussing the 1977 ALA IFC-produced film, the process by which it was made, the controversy that swirled around it, and what it means for us today and in the future.
Why me?: This is definitely the must-attend program of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference. We strongly suggest you peruse the pathfinder of resources created for this program and the film.

IFC V

When: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: LVCC-N120
Who: Members of the Intellectual Freedom Committee, liaisons, and any member interested in participating in the final meeting of this committee of Council.
Why me?: This final meeting will feature discussions about Council resolutions and revisions to the interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights. A great way to spend a late Monday afternoon in Las Vegas!

Categories: Book News

Sunday intellectual freedom meetings & programs @ #ALAAC14

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 7:04pm

Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

Sunday, June 29

Read A Banned Book at the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out (Day 2)

When: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: right outside the Exhibit Hall
Who: You!
Why me?: On Saturday and Sunday, SAGE and OIF invite you to the Banned Books Readout Booth, where you can read a short passage from your favorite banned book and then speak from the heart about why that book matters to you. Readings will be video recorded and will be featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel during Banned Books Week, September 21-27, 2014. We strongly encourage you to bring your own copy of the book, but some books will be available for your reading.

Intellectual Freedom Committee/Committee on Legislation Joint Meeting

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: LVCC-N101
Who: Committee members & anyone interested in the intersection of legislation and intellectual freedom issues.
Why me?: Be the best-informed person on your block!

Now Showing @ ALA: The Speaker…A Film About Freedom

When: 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Where: NVCC-N242
Who: Cinephiles, cinephobes, idealists & contrarians
Why me?: In advance of IFC’s Monday program, “Speaking about ‘The Speaker’,” we invite you to join us at a screening of the 42-minute 1977 film produced by the Intellectual Freedom Committee. The film proved highly controversial within the Association. This will be a chance for you to see it for yourself and participate in a moderated discussion. It will be showing again Sunday, 8:00-10:00 a.m. and is available on YouTube. A pathfinder of resources on the film and attendant controversy is available at www.ala.org/tools/speaker.

What Would You Do? Ethics in Action: Libraries and Law Enforcement

When: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Where: LVCC-S225
Who: Sponsored by the Committee on Professional Ethics
Why me?: Whether you work at a public, academic, or school library, blurred lines are all around. For example, if a police officer comes to your library asking to view patron records to help locate a missing teenager, where do your professional responsibilities as a librarian end and your civic duties as a member of the community begin? In short, what would you do? Join us to hear from librarians and police officers, review model polices, and role-play scenarios to prepare you for real life ethical dilemmas involving law enforcement.

Surveillance

When: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Where: LVCC-S232
Who: Sponsored by the ACRL Professional Values Committee. Speakers are Jim Teliha & Seeta Gangadharan (Senior Research Fellow, Open Technology Institute)
Why me?:  Surveillance is a big topic. What implications do the latest disclosures about wide-spread government surveillance have for libraries and librarians? The purpose of this session is to provide librarians an update and refresher on the impact of surveillance. The conversations will include recent NSA disclosures, digital surveillance, as well as laws familiar to all librarians, such as the Patriot Act, FISA, and more.

ALA President’s Program & ALA Awards

When: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Where: LVCC-N249
Who: Pretty much everyone should attend
Why me?: Keynote speaker Lois Lowry is the keynote speaker for ALA President Barbara Stripling’s program. Joining her will be Jeff Bridges, star of the forthcoming film The Giver, based on Lowry’s frequently challenged novel.  Also featured will be Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), who will be presenting the first-ever Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faces with Adversity to Laurence Copel, a youth outreach librarian in New Orleans.

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Saturday intellectual freedom meetings & programs @ #ALAAC14

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 9:17pm

Here’s your daily list of must-do events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

Saturday, June 28

Read A Banned Book at the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out

When: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Where: right outside the Exhibit Hall
Who: You!
Why me?: On Saturday and Sunday, SAGE and OIF invite you to the Banned Books Readout Booth, where you can read a short passage from your favorite banned book and then speak from the heart about why that book matters to you. Readings will be video recorded and will be featured on the Banned Books Week YouTube channel during Banned Books Week, September 21-27, 2014. We strongly encourage you to bring your own copy of the book, but some books will be available for your reading.

Intellectual Freedom Committee meetings III & IV

When: 8:30-10:00 a.m. & 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: LVCC – N117
Who: Members of the IFC, liaisons & interested guests
Why me?: Participate in ongoing discussions about the revisions to interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights and talk about the IF challenges of the day

Intellectual Freedom Round Table Awards Reception

When: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: LVH – Conference Room 08
Who: June Pinnell-Stephens will receive the Oboler Award for her book, Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library: Scenarios from the Front Lines.  The New Jersey Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee will receive the Gerald Hodges Award for their decades of work promoting and defending intellectual freedom.
Why me?: Mix & mingle & support these deserving award winners!

Intellectual Freedom Round Table Program: Intellectual Freedom and the Defense of Graphic Novels and Comic Books

When: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Where: LVCC – N240
Who: Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, will discuss the organization’s activities in defense of comic book creators, sellers, lenders, educators and readers. CBLDF is debuting their Banned Books Week Handout at this conference; check out the PDF here.
Why me?: The theme of Banned Books Week this year is banned and challenged comics and graphic novels. A great opportunity to learn how comics are being challenged and defended in library collections and elsewhere. Maybe you’ll get a great idea for a Banned Books Week program!

IFC/FTRF Issues Briefing Session

When: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: LVCC – N109
Who: Leaders of the Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Freedom to Read Foundation will discuss key issues and litigation affecting access to information, the First Amendment, and libraries.
Why me?: Come to discuss your thoughts on the proposed revisions to the Library Bill of Rights interpretations and learn about some of the Hot Topics in IF.

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IFAction News Roundup, June 15 – 21, 2014

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:48pm

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from June 15 – June 21, 2014.

 

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Are threats of violence on Facebook criminal, or free speech?

Chilling Speech Is No Laughing Matter

Senators fear plan will muzzle whistleblowers

[Gray County] Texas Deputy Displays Ignorance Of Laws He’s ‘Enforcing’ While Trying To Shut Down A Citizen’s Recording

Glenn Greenwald On Why Privacy Is Vital, Even If You ‘Have Nothing To Hide’

 

Access, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles 

Dems release bill to block Web ‘fast lanes’ 

Justices limit patents on software technology

How much did your university pay for your journals?

Time to retire the “digital divide?”

FCC chief unveils plan to close ‘Wi-Fi gap’ 

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

How to Anonymize Everything You Do Online

Cloud companies have to act on privacy, even if the government won’t

How the European Google Decision May Have Nothing To Do With a Right to Be Forgotten

The ACLU’s latest lawsuit on warrantless cellphone tracking has hit a dead end

The US government doesn’t want you to know how the cops are tracking you

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Happy 75th anniversary of the Library Bill of Rights!

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 2:28pm

Today we are pleased to commemorate the 75th anniversary of ALA’s adoption of the Library Bill of Rights on June 19, 1939 at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The document – which is the basis for the work of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom – was created in the wake of several incidents of banning The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck in the late 1930s. It also was inspired by the rising tide of totalitarianism around the world.

The first iteration of  the Library Bill of Rights was a statement by the head of the Des Moines, Iowa, Public Library, Forrest Spaulding. It was adopted as policy by that library on November 21, 1938. Much of the wording remained the same for ALA’s version, although it was more universal.

Since its initial adoption, the Library Bill of Rights has been amended four times.  There are also over 20 official interpretations on issues ranging from Meeting Rooms to Labeling and Ratings Systems.  Many of these interpretations have Q&As associated with them to assist library boards and administrators adapt the policies to their specific circumstances.

To honor the Library Bill of Rights, take some time to read it and consider its meaning and relevance lo these many decades later.  And if you’re on social media, share this post!

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IFAction News Roundup, June 8 – 14, 2014

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:30am

The Office for Intellectual Freedom sponsors IFAction, an email list for those who would like updated information on news affecting intellectual freedom, censorship, privacy, access to information, and more. Click here to subscribe to this list. For an archive of all list postings since 1996, visit the IF Action archive. Below is a sample of articles from June 8 – June 14, 2014.

 

Filtering, Censorship, Whistle blowing, Free Press, and Free Speech Articles  

Free Speech or Illegal Threats? Justices Could Say

[Pensacola] Florida School Cancels Reading Program Over Cory Doctorow Book

Al Gore: Snowden not a traitor

Iraq tries to censor social media to disrupt ISIS communication, but its success is limited

Tech company, free speech groups to protect websites under attack 

 

Access, the Digital Divide, Net Neutrality, and Intellectual Property Protection Articles 

FCC Chief Plans Action on Wi-Fi in Schools

Removing Barriers to Competitive Community Broadband

Appeals Court Rules Digital Library Doesn’t Violate Copyright Law

How Do You Know The Public Domain Is In Trouble? It Requires A 52-Page Handbook To Determine If Something Is Public Domain

Verizon Says It Wants to Kill Net Neutrality to Help Blind, Deaf, and Disabled People

 

Privacy, Surveillance, Hacking, and Cybersecurity Articles    

Google’s New All-Seeing Satellites Have Huge Potential—For Good and Evil

Gmail Bug Could Have Exposed Every User’s Address

After Heartbleed, We’re Overreacting to Bugs That Aren’t a Big Deal

Mathematicians Urge Colleagues To Refuse To Work For The NSA

Because after all, it is not information that wants to be free, it’s us [TED Talk: Keren Elazari]

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Black Caucus of the ALA statement on “The Speaker” sponsorship

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 7:18pm

In response to several requests to elaborate on the Black Caucus of the ALA’s (BCALA) decision to cosponsor the upcoming ALA Conference program, “Speaking about the Speaker,” BCALA president Jerome Offord, Jr. wrote an open letter to the library community detailing the organization’s reasoning.  Here’s a key excerpt from the letter:

“As our governance structure permits, a proposal was submitted to the Executive Board requesting that BCALA collaborate on this project. The conversation began with those members who were present during the first iteration of this issue. The Executive Board debated the pros and the cons, talked about the historical decision regarding this film in the past, and questioned why we should collaborate in this venture. One member clearly reflected that this film, and the possible showing of it in the past, sent a blowing ripple through ALA at the time. In order to truly understand the history behind this, you must remember, this was in 1977. Times have changed and the BCALA Executive Board felt it was time for us to discuss this political hot button.”

You can read the full letter here: TheSpeaker_PR_BCALA.  Our thanks to BCALA for their support of this program!

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