As part of grassroots efforts to stand for digital rights and related intellectual freedoms, I want to promote EFA’s five substantive principles:
- free expression: people should be able to speak their minds to whomever will listen.
- security: technology should be trustworthy and answer to its users.
- privacy: technology should allow private and anonymous speech, and allow users to set their own parameters about what to share with whom.
- creativity: technology should promote progress by allowing people to build on the ideas, creations, and inventions of others.
- access to knowledge: curiosity should be rewarded, not stifled
I endorse these principles with the support of a few of my collaborators. In particular, Brandon Smith, independent journalist, and George Walker, technologist and consultant.
RE: my upcoming #privacy workshop : April 27 – 11:30-13:00.
Location: Mt. Pleasant Public Library
3160 16th St. NW. ; Washington, D.C. 20010
Tis one thing to talk about privacy and intellectual freedom in the abstract, but do we connect these notions explicitly to concrete digital literacy? The aim of this workshop is to reveal, frankly, how some information is “read” in computers, how persons can better educate themselves and their friends & family in the area of digital privacy so each person can take his or her knowledge beyond simply content into the realm of digital context. This aim brings together the direct-action option of making a few adjustments to a user’s app settings by embracing a revised model of lifelong learning. The result more fully integrates the user’s own use of digital tools and their training of others to simultaneously provide better privacy and to educate each person about using digital tools more intentionally – even mindfully
Register for free here.
On Friday 08 February 2019, I presented a poster on privacy at the 11th Annual Bridging the Spectrum Symposium – I attempted to use a ‘mindfulness’ metaphor and did a lightning talk on the subject.
T’was fun for me – I hope everyone else had as much fun as me. I kept the poster mostly text-free in order to prioritize conversation.
Thank you to Catholic University of America and the Department of Library and Information Science.
I have had some notes for a new blog post sitting on my desk for a week or so now – but time has gotten the best of me.
This week has potential.
Thank you for reading.
For those who may be new to ‘The Carpentries’ – let me introduce you. I first joined a Library of Congress sponsored Library Carpentry event designed to teach interested folks the intro to ways of manipulating data with Python and OpenRefine.
Library Carpentry is a subset of the larger educational entity, The Carpentries.
Well, it looks like an organization in the UK, the Sustainable Software Institute is organizing the ‘first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester‘ in June (25-27 June 2019). This will be a networking as well as technical learning event it appears.
I wish I could go – but the American Library Association Annual conference is too close there – schedule-wise.
Maybe next time. Either way, this should be good. If you plan to be in Manchester in June this year (2019), and love the educational, open-educational model for learning to code, please consider attending or supporting in some way.