Choose Privacy Week: May 1-7

By: Taylor Dugan

Starting on Wednesday May 1st, the American Library Association (ALA) invites you to participate in Choose Privacy Week, a nationwide campaign providing you with the opportunity to challenge privacy rights and become educated on everything you can surrounding privacy. The campaign will take place for a week, beginning May 1st and concluding May 7th. This campaign invites you, the digital-aged-user, to answer this simple question: “Who’s tracking you?”

So Why ALA?

Libraries give students of all ages the opportunity to dive into a variety of resources for learning. This campaign allows libraries to educate today’s digital-age-users and to provide them with resources, teaching them to “think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy” (ALA).

What IS the Problem?

Today, we have unlimited resources that provide us an opportunity to gain information both physically and digitally. What we don’t know is who is monitoring our activity and what is being publicized without our knowledge. Choose Privacy gives you the opportunity to express your opinions and converse on how we as a society can change the way our activity is monitored. The video below (from the 2010 campaign) will give you an idea about the importance of privacy in today’s digital world. 

For more information about Choose Privacy Week, visit http://chooseprivacyweek.org/ or www.privacyrevolution.org, or follow them on Twitter @privacyala.

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