Privacy and Youth Conference 2011

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The purpose of the Privacy and Youth Conference is to advise the Office for Intellectual Freedom on how best to reach young people with our future privacy programming and library policy formulation.  We aim to create student leadership in this area and are therefore inviting students to participate as well.  

For over three years the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association has been focused on the issue of libraries and privacy awareness, thanks to a grant from the Open Society Institute.  We are very proud of our achievements thus far.  Our experience has convinced us to focus our efforts in 2011 on developing strategies for how best to deliver the privacy message to young people.  The future of privacy advocacy and protections in the United States really depends on young people’s awareness of the long-term importance of personal privacy protections (particularly regarding use of the Internet and social media), and how government surveillance of citizens’ activities poses a chilling threat to our nation’s future.  Libraries are ideal places for youth to learn about privacy and see it in action, given our long history of protecting the freedom to read. 

We hope to discuss the following topics: 

  • What does your profession/group/research bring to the privacy agenda for young people?
  • How do young people communicate and receive information?
  • What library projects and programs can you imagine for engaging young people in privacy issues and advocacy?  


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