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Information Policy & Pizza talk series

Sep 21, 2017   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on Information Policy & Pizza talk series

The Center for Information Policy Research has started a new talk series: Information Policy & Pizza:

Please join us for an informal forum for students and faculty interested in the domain of information law, policy & ethics to present research (both complete and in-progress), discuss recent developments in the field and in the news, and brainstorm new projects and collaborations.
Pizza will be served!

September 22, 2017 • 12:15PM
“Privacy Attitudes and Data Valuation Among Users of Fitness Trackers” report on NSF-sponsored research
Dr. Michael Zimmer and Katie Chamberlain Kritikos

October 13, 2017 • 12:15PM
“Oh, I Can’t Have that in There”: Little Free Library Stewards and Intellectual Freedom
Dr. Nadine Kozak

November 10, 2017 • 12:15PM
“Forgetting the ladies: MacKinnon, public libraries, and the pressures on access policy”
Dr. Joyce Latham

Banned Books Week Talk & Workshop with Jamie LaRue

Aug 28, 2017   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on Banned Books Week Talk & Workshop with Jamie LaRue

CIPR is proud to co-sponsor this Banned Books Week Talk & Workshop with Jamie LaRue on Septmeber 25, 2017 from 3:30-6:30pm at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

September 25, 2017 • 3:30 – 6:30pm
Food will be served • Doors open at 3:15

UWM Golda Meir Library
4th Floor Conference Center
2311 E. Hartford Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

3:30 – Banned Books Week Talk

“Words have power! Banned Books and the Need to Read”

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has long tracked attempts to have books, programs, exhibits, and speakers banned or restricted in libraries and schools. What do the times tell us about trends in censorship, the emerging issues of intellectual freedom, and the importance of defending the freedom to read? Join OIF Director James LaRue for a review of some of the most common challenges, and a discussion of the intersection of intellectual freedom and social justice.

5:00 – Workshop
Ethics, Policy and Institutional Value

Our policies are the hinge between our professional ethics and the position of the library in the local community.  We will discuss the relationship between our ethical values and our intellectual freedom policies as a foundation of local institutional standing.  Please bring sample policies to discuss and review.
Facilitated by:
Dr. Joyce Latham, Associate Professor
UW-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies

For more information and to register for the event visit:

We hope to see you there!

Library Privacy Advocates gather for “Privacy & Pizza” at ALA Annual

Jul 10, 2017   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on Library Privacy Advocates gather for “Privacy & Pizza” at ALA Annual

As part of the IMLS-funded project on “Library Values & Privacy in our National Digital Strategies,” CIPR director Michael Zimmer and Data & Society’s Bonnie Tijerina convened a group of 30 library privacy advocates at ALA Annual in Chicago to attend a “Privacy and Pizza” happy hour. The event provided an informal environment to talk about privacy and provide guidance on the direction the project should take to best support libraries and information professionals in the pursuit of protecting privacy.

Attendees were asked to provide suggestions on topics for the library privacy field guides to be produced during the grant period, and to share reflections on a set of probing questions on what the library and information professional community has had success doing, and what remains as the biggest challenges, regarding patron privacy.

Highlights of this feedback are shared below.

What topics/technologies do you believe would make the best field guides? (votes)

  • data security (8)
  • privacy by design (7)
  • public internet and wifi services (7)
  • cloud-based library systems (6)
  • internal library information systems (5)
  • third-party library software systems (5)
  • government information requests (4)
  • licensing of digital content (3)
  • government surveillance (2)
  • social media strategies (1)

What have you done to address privacy issues in libraries?

  • Staff training (2)
  • Nagging about privacy at every chance I get with patrons, staff, vendors, library community
  • Participated in NISO privacy principles
  • Webinars
  • Delivered talks to publishers & libraries
  • Conducted a privacy audit of our library using the guidelines & checklists
  • Worked on the privacy checklists


What is one thing your library, or the library profession, is missing to better address privacy issues?

  • Language to use when talking to other municipal directors (eg, police chief, city manager) (2)
  • Pithy talking points for explaining privacy issues to different stakeholder groups (2)
  • Tools for working with specific age groups
  • Actually practicing what we preach in our internal operations, as well as in our work with vendors


What questions do you have about privacy in libraries?

  • How should libraries audit all the data being collected at their institution — from their wifi networks to their vendor systems?
  • How do we motivate ALA Washington Office to push harder on privacy-related legislation?
  • How can we better mobilize to influence the practices and ToS of vendors? (2)
  • How do we negotiate privacy with vendors?
  • Hod do platform-level collection practices by the vendors benefit them? How can libraries responsibly benefit from them as well?
  • Do governments subpoena library vendors?
  • Are we willing to “degrade” service to preserve privacy?
  • What do libraries want to negotiate with vendors?


What is the biggest challenge for addressing privacy issues in libraries?

  • Getting average patrons to care (4)
  • The hard challenge is reader analytics and privacy with content vendors and delivery platforms (3)
  • HTTPS everywhere is crucial and there is no excuse not to do it today, but be sure to the cipher suites right! (3)
  • Making it simple
  • Apathy (on the part of the people we serve)
  • ALA is not united in its position on privacy issues: OIF, OITP, LITA, Council, IFRT, IFC, etc
  • Educating library staff (2)
  • Separation between the library and the IT department
  • Making library administrations prioritize patron privacy (especially with getting resources to ensure privacy)
  • Convincing staff it is a priority issue they should care about


If you could have or invent one tool to address privacy, what would it be?

  • A foolproof, 100% effective response to “I don’t have anything to hide” or similar attitudes toward privacy
  • Money to make privacy-oriented tools work as well as the Google suite of products
  • Clear tools for auditing internal privacy practices and infrastructure
  • A network of library-run Tor nodes
  • A bill that gave the FCC permanent control over regulating broadband (eg, institutionalizing net neutrality)

CIPR Research Lunch on “Libraries Promoting Peace” with Peter Lor

Aug 24, 2016   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Research Lunch on “Libraries Promoting Peace” with Peter Lor

Please join us for a CIPR Research Lunch on Sept 7, 2016, featuring Dr. Peter Lor

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Libraries Promoting Peace: Cherished Illusion or Opportunity for Action?

Dr. Peter Lor
Adjunct Professor, School of Information Studies, UW-Milwaukee

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
12:00 – 1:30pm
NWQB 3511

2025 E Newport Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Please bring your own lunch.
Refreshments and dessert will be provided by SOIS


It has long been assumed that libraries contribute to promoting peace. In the late 1940s the then newly established UNESCO made a big investment in developing public libraries worldwide on the basis of this assumption, which has a long history and still resonates with librarians today. After all, we provide information about “other” nations, communities, groups, beliefs, and orientations. Information is assumed to contribute to knowledge, understanding, tolerance, and peace. This is a long string of causal assumptions. It should be challenged.

In this presentation Peter Lor briefly examines the assumptions and what is meant by “promoting peace” before outlining a set of seven roles for librarians: informing, creating resources, promoting, educating, empowering, healing and advocating, with some illustrative examples of current library activities in various parts of the world.

Studio portrait of School of Information Studies faculty member Peter Lor.About Peter Lor:

Dr. Peter Lor is former National Librarian of South Africa and later Secretary General of IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. During 2009-2011 he was a visiting professor at SOIS. Dr. Lor is currently an Extraordinary Professor at the University of South Africa, and also teaches INFOST 891, International and Comparative Librarianship, as an adjunct professor for SOIS.

Choose Privacy Week 2016 Webinar: Raising Privacy Awareness in Your Library and in Your Community

Mar 24, 2016   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on Choose Privacy Week 2016 Webinar: Raising Privacy Awareness in Your Library and in Your Community

CIPR director Michael Zimmer will be contributing to an American Library Association (ALA) webinar on “Raising Privacy Awareness in Your Library and in Your Community” in preparation for Choose Privacy Week (May 1-7, 2016).

From the ALA’s announcement:

Is ALA_ChoosePrivacy_186x292-2016Byour library preparing to observe Choose Privacy Week 2016? Join the ALA’s IFC Privacy Subcommittee and the Office for Intellectual Freedom for a free webinar that will offer solid guidance on developing privacy programming that will educate and engage your library users and provide an update on current privacy issues confronting libraries today.

The webinar will also offer brief introductions to resources on students’ and minors’ privacy and a guide to free and low-cost print and online resources that can support your library’s observance of Choose Privacy Week. Online registration is available via this link: http://ow.ly/ZbbOW

Choose Privacy Week is the American Library Association’s annual, week-long event that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights.  Choose Privacy Week, May 1 – 7, 2016, also celebrates libraries and librarians’ unique role in protecting privacy in the library and in society as a whole. For more information on Choose Privacy Week, visit https://chooseprivacyweek.org.

Choose Privacy Week 2015 with Neil Richards: Intellectual Privacy

Jan 23, 2015   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on Choose Privacy Week 2015 with Neil Richards: Intellectual Privacy

The UW-Milwaukee Center for Information Policy Research is excited to welcome Prof. Neil Richards for a talk about his new book Intellectual Privacy in celebration of Choose Privacy Week, the annual initiative of the American Library Association that invites the public into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age.

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“Intellectual Privacy”

Monday, May 4, 2015

Alumni Fireside Lounge
UW-Milwaukee Student Union
2200 East Kenwood Boulevard, Milwaukee WI 53211

About Intellectual Privacy:

Most people believe that the right to privacy is inherently at odds with the right to free speech. Courts all over the world have struggled with how to reconcile the problems of media gossip with our commitment to free and open public debate for over a century. The rise of the Internet has made this problem more urgent. We live in an age of corporate and government surveillance of our lives. And our free speech culture has created an anything-goes environment on the web, where offensive and hurtful speech about others is rife. (More…)

Neil Richards is an internationally-recognized expert in privacy law, information law, and freedom of expression. He is a professor of law at Washington University School of Law, a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum, and a consultant and expert in privacy cases. He graduated in 1997 from the University of Virginia School of Law, and served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist. His first book, Intellectual Privacy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

The Center for Information Policy has been a proud supporter of Choose Privacy Week since its inception in 2010. Past events have included a panel discussion on “Emerging Privacy and Ethical Challenges for Libraries in the 2.0 Era” (2010), participation in an ALA webinar on “Youth Privacy” (2011), the screening of the documentary “Big Brother, Big Business: The Data-Mining and Surveillance Industries” (2012), and hosting a talk by Dr. Kelly Gates on “The Computational Work of Policing” (2013).

CFP: 3rd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization

Nov 8, 2014   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on CFP: 3rd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization

The Center for Information Policy Research is proud to again be a sponsor of the 3rd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization (previously called Ethics of Information Organization). The official conference website is here, and the original call for papers is provided below.

The Big Deal: 3rd Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization

May 28-29, 2015

Milwaukee, WI

The role of ethics in knowledge organization has moved from the background to the foreground. Objectivity and literary warrant alone have been shown to be insufficient for ethical knowledge organization. Ethical concerns have been demonstrated in the roles of exclusivity and point-of-view, the relationship between literary and cultural warrant, in the creation of knowledge organization systems that embrace socio-political symbolism, and in the evolution of standards and professional best practices for the implementation of knowledge organization. Following the success of conferences held in 2009 and 2012, The Knowledge Organization Research Group joins with the Center for Information Policy and Research of the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to present the Third Milwaukee Conference on Ethics in Knowledge Organization. We welcome papers and posters on any aspect of ethics and knowledge organization including but not limited to: bibliographic standards, cataloging and indexing best-practices, classification, controlled vocabulary, technology, the professions, cultural, economic, political, corporate, international, multicultural and multilingual aspects of knowledge organization.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Tina Gross, Catalog Librarian/Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University
  •  Joe Tennis, Associate Professor, University of Washington, and President, International Society for Knowledge Organization


Call for Papers

We invite submission of proposals which will include name(s) of presenter(s), title(s), affiliation(s), contact information and an abstract of 750 words for papers; 300-500 words for posters.

All abstracts will be published on the website of the UWM, Knowledge Organization Research Group (KOrg). Full papers will be published in a special issue of Knowledge Organization.

Submit proposals via email to Inkyung Choi: ichoi@uwm.edu

  • Abstracts due: February 16, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance by: March 16, 2015
  • Full papers due: July 16, 2015

Poster: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/groups/sois/webdocs/events/EthicsInKO-CFP.pdf  


The Program Committee:

Melissa Adler, University of Kentucky, USA

Jihee Beak, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Allyson Carlyle, University of Washington, USA

José Augusto Chaves Guimarães, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil

Jane Greenberg, Drexel University, USA

Birger Hjørland, The Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark

Lynne C Howarth, University of Toronto, Canada

Joyce Latham, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Patrick Keilty, University of Toronto, Canada

Hur-Li Lee, Conference Co-Chair, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Jens-Erik Mai, The Royal School of Library and Information Science in Denmark

Steven J. Miller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Hope A Olson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Sandra Roe, Milner Library, Illinois State University, USA

Richard Smiraglia, Conference Co-Chair, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Joe Tennis, University of Washington, USA

Michael Zimmer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Sponsored by:

UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies

The Center for Information Policy Research

The Knowledge Organization Research Group

CIPR Research Lunch: Porn, Privacy, Copyright and Net Neutrality: Standing at the Digital Crossroads of Constitutive Choice

Sep 3, 2014   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Research Lunch: Porn, Privacy, Copyright and Net Neutrality: Standing at the Digital Crossroads of Constitutive Choice

Please join us for this CIPR Research Lunch on Sept 17, 2014, featuring Dr. Christopher Terry (Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies). A light lunch will be provided.

Porn, Privacy, Copyright and Net Neutrality: Standing at the Digital Crossroads of CIPR-terry-bannerConstitutive Choice
Dr. Christopher Terry
Lecturer,  Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies, UW-Milwaukee

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
12:30 – 2:00pm
NWQB 3511

2025 E Newport Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211


In The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications, sociologist Paul Starr developed a theory of “constitutive choice” to explain how the U.S. systems of mass communication had evolved differently from those of other countries. Starr explains that the design a country’s communication system is reflective of a society’s  value system related to free speech, access to information, privacy and copyright. Just as with earlier systems of mass communication, as digital technology becomes a fundamental part of our media environment, we see three key issues arise-Privacy, Copyright and Net Neutrality. In terms of a media system, this is part and parcel of the constitutive choices we face in terms of the integration of the next generation of mass communication.\

Our digital media environment was shaped by the constitutive choices made in relationship to earlier communication systems but also by the changing of our traditional value system away from a citizen orientated perspective to one based in economics. Although the basic design of digital communications are reflective of the constitutive choices made for systems of communication as far back as the U.S. Postal System, the change in values away from citizen access has had a profound effect on how the system operates, the values it serves and the ways information is distributed.

The design of a system is reflective of its values, and with these changes, the dynamics, operation and design of our communication system have shifted substantially. Although policy researchers and other academics frequently discuss these changes as separate issues, the reality of modern issues of privacy and the ethics of mass data collection can be increasingly tied to the issues of surrounding digital copyright, access to information and net neutrality.

This project proposes that at the center of all of these issues, standing at the ethical crossroads between the choices we make in relationship to access to information, copyright and privacy in the digital age, is a significant series of intellectual property cases involving the illegal downloading of pornography. More than any other example, the nature of these cases illustrates the intersection between these essential values in the digital age. In terms of privacy, violators have been identified using an invasive tracking mechanism. In terms of net neutrality, internet service providers are using these cases as justification for throttling or content blocking. In terms of copyright, the constitutional premise of copyright to stimulate and enhance has been replaced by a desire to use existing copyright law as a way to coerce financial settlements by threatening to expose serial downloaders. These collective changes are setting a dangerous precedent that undermines our system of communication and the role it plays in a democratic society. Pornography has replaced political speech as non-governmental entities control our access to information.

This paper combines historical, legal and policy research to trace the significant changes in terms of ethics, law, content distribution, our value system and constitutive choice to illustrate that the time to rethink and reevaluate our priorities is now.

CIPR Research Lunch: Potential of the Internet for Social Change in Former Soviet Countries: Case of Belarus

Oct 17, 2013   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Research Lunch: Potential of the Internet for Social Change in Former Soviet Countries: Case of Belarus

Please join us for this CIPR Research Lunch, featuring visiting Fullbright Fellow, Dr. Alexei Krivolap. A light lunch will be provided.

Potential of the Internet for Social Change in Former Soviet Countries: Case of Belarus

We know a lot, or at least we think that we know a lot, about Arab Spring, the revolution potential of Twitter, and the power of social media. Sometimes we can even speculate that the Internet’s advancement is directly correlated to democracy. But, social media and IT aren’t always a panacea for social change. Can you imagine a European country where its own “Silicon Valley” exists yet sanctions an official list of prohibited websites? A country where the sum total of cell phone users outnumbers landline telephones but requires you to show your passport before admittance to an Internet cafe? The name of this country is Belarus. Belarus went a long way from the former Soviet Republic to a country in transition before going “back to the USSR.” The Internet allows us to stay connected to the world, of course, when access isn’t shut down.

About the Speaker
Dr. Alexei Krivolap European Humanities University Vilnius, Lithuania Visiting Fulbright Scholar, UWM-Center for Information Policy Research Dr. Krivolap has expertise in the sociology of the Internet and cultural studies, and received his PhD from Russian State University for the Humanities in 2011. He is currently a full-time lecturer at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania. He has written and contributed to several publications, is a member of various professional societies including the Association of Internet Researchers, and has received numerous fellowships related to his work on new media and internet technology, most recently a Carnegie Research Fellowship at University of Washington in 2008.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
11:30 – 1:00pm
NWQB 3511

2025 E Newport Ave
Milwaukee, WI 5321

2013 Banned Books Week Event: “Canaries in the Coal Mine: How Libraries Fight for Free Speech, Freedome from Surveillance, and Democratic Values”

Aug 19, 2013   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on 2013 Banned Books Week Event: “Canaries in the Coal Mine: How Libraries Fight for Free Speech, Freedome from Surveillance, and Democratic Values”

Canaries in the Coal MineTo kick off 2013 Banned Books Week, the UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies and UWM’s Center for Information Policy Research is partnering with the Milwaukee Public Library to host a special lecture by Barbara Jones, Director of the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom:

How Libraries Fight for Free Speech, Freedome from Surveillance, and Democratic Values

September 22, 2013
6:00 – 8:00pm
Milwaukee Public Library
Centennial Hall – Loos Room
733 N Eighth Street Milwaukee, WI 53233

Barbara M. Jones
Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom at the American Library Association
Executive Director, Freedom to Read Foundation

RSVP at: http://sois.uwm.edu/banned2013