George Orwell’s book made “Big Brother is watching you” a famous phrase. This is a resonant phrase in today’s society with Facebook, Google and others capturing terabytes of data about individuals. The advent of many modern technologies makes it possible for companies and governments to track an individual’s movements, speech, and activities in unprecedented ways. This year’s conference on Libraries and the Future: Libraries in a Post Privacy World brings this issue to the forefront.The conference will open with Lee Rainie
(Director, Internet and Technology Research at Pew Research) speaking on the research Pew is conducting on privacy, trust, facts and democracy. David Carroll
is an associate professor of media design at the New School and will be talking about his views on privacy. He mounted a legal challenge to Cambridge Analytica in the UK courts and is featured in The Great Hack on Netflix. Davis Erin Anderson
from the Metropolitan New York Library Council will be discussing the work she is doing with NYPL, Queens Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library in digital safety. The last speaker is Ed Tenner
who is an independent writer and speaker holding the titles of Distinguished Scholar in the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, and a visiting scholar in the Rutgers University Department of History. He will be discussing individuals right to discover and how it balances against individuals right to be forgotten.
Libraries are leaders in protecting and promoting privacy. This is an important issue for all staff in libraries. Every person who works in a library has a responsibility to safeguard the privacy of their patrons. This conference offers current and future library leaders a chance to explore and discuss “big ideas” that will most certainly influence how they navigate their future and that of their libraries. We encourage directors to send all staff to learn more about this important issue.
A certificate for 6 Professional Development Hours (.6 CEU's) will be emailed after the workshop.
8:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:15am Trust, Democracy, and Privacy: How Libraries fit into the
biggest issues of the day
Lee Rainie, Director, Internet Technology Research at Pew Research
10:45am Dark Data
David Carroll, Associate Professor of Media Design at New School
1:00pm Our Data, Ourselves: Safeguarding Privacy in the Age of Big Data
Davis Erin Anderson, METRO
2:30pm Libraries in the Age of Algorithm
Ed Tenner, Distinguished Scholar, Smithsonian's Center for the
Study of Invention and InnovationCall Eliscia at 631-675-1570 Ext 2001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the First Time Attendee discount code- receive 10% OFF.