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ALA Webinar on Programming and Outreach during Choose Privacy Week

Apr 5, 2013   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on ALA Webinar on Programming and Outreach during Choose Privacy Week

Who's Tracking You?CIPR Director Michael Zimmer is contributing to an American Library Association (ALA) webinar on generating issues and ideas for programming during the upcoming Choose Privacy Week.

The free, hour-long online webinar will take place on from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, April 9 and will feature four speakers discussing ideas and tools for privacy-related programming and outreach, with an emphasis on sample programs and resources that have proved successful in school, academic and public library environments:

Michael Zimmer, PhD, will discuss how to use short documentaries on privacy and surveillance to increase awareness among patrons and spark conversations on controversial technologies and practices.

Zimmer is an assistant professor in the School of Information Studies and director of the Center for Information Policy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Carolyn Caywood will discuss how librarians can raise awareness of developments that impact privacy in their community by offering civic engagement programs about privacy.

Caywood worked as a youth services librarian and branch manager for Virginia Beach, Va. before retiring in 2010. She is currently a fellow of the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement and serves on the Advisory Committee of the American Library Association’s Center for Civic Life.

Marc Gartler will discuss how Madison Public Library (Wis.) planned and implemented a successful week-long observance for Choose Privacy Week that emphasized preventing identity theft and making informed privacy choices.

Gartler joined the management team at Madison Public Library in 2010 following four years as library director at Harrington College of Design. He previously worked on digital library projects at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dr. Deborah Peel will discuss one of privacy’s “hot topics” – patient privacy rights. She will discuss the fight to keep health information private and provide resources for planning programs about protecting our health information both inside and outside of the health care system.

Peel leads Patient Privacy Rights and is the voice of the bipartisan Coalition for Patient Privacy, speaking for 10.3 million Americans who expect to control their sensitive health data in electronic systems.

Register for this free webinar via this link to the registration page. The webinar will be recorded and available in the archives. For questions about registration or using the webinar platform, contact Angela Maycock atamaycock@ala.org.

Choose Privacy Week 2013 takes place May 1-7 and asks the critical question, “Who’s Tracking You?” When someone is always watching your every move both online and off, you should have the right to know who’s collecting your information and choose how your private data is used.

Zimmer presenting at International Symposium on Internet Ethics

Sep 6, 2012   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on Zimmer presenting at International Symposium on Internet Ethics

International Symposium on Internet Ethics 2012CIPR director Michael Zimmer will be a featured speaker at the first “International Symposium on Internet Ethics” hosted by the Korea Internet & Security Agency (KISA) and Korea Society of Internet Ethics (KSIE), held in Seoul, South Korea, September 11-12, 2012.

Alongside other international representatives, he will be presenting a talk on “Internet Ethics Issues and Action in the United States,” where he outline a set of core set of Internet ethics issues related to privacy, property, content, and security. A copy of his presentation is available here.

CIPR Survey Confirms Librarians’ Commitment to Protecting Privacy Rights

May 1, 2012   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Survey Confirms Librarians’ Commitment to Protecting Privacy Rights

In celebration of Choose Privacy Week, the American Library Association‘s Office for Intellectual Freedomhas released preliminary findings from a new survey on “Librarian Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Informational Privacy” that Michael Zimmer, Director of the Center for Information Policy Research, conduced on their behalf with generous support from the Open Society Foundation. The press release with preliminary results is copied below; the full results will be published later this year.

New survey confirms librarians’ commitment to protecting privacy rights

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/01/2012 – 15:55

Contact: Jennifer Petersen
Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)

CHICAGO – In conjunction with Choose Privacy Week, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) released preliminary findings from a new survey measuring librarians’ views on privacy rights and protecting library users’ privacy.

The survey, which builds on an earlier 2008 survey assessing librarians’ attitudes about privacy, provides important data that will help ALA evaluate the state of privacy in the United States and libraries’ role in protecting library users’ privacy. The data will help guide ongoing planning for Choose Privacy Week and similar initiatives aimed at engaging librarians in public education and advocacy to advance privacy rights.

Some of the highlights from the 2012 survey include:

  • Librarians remain concerned about privacy and individuals’ desire to control access and use of personal information. Ninety-five percent agree or strongly agree that individuals should be able to control who sees their personal information, and more than 95 percent of respondents feel government agencies and businesses shouldn’t share personal information with third parties without authorization and should only be used for a specific purpose.
  • Librarians affirmed their commitment to the profession’s long-standing ethic of protecting library users’ privacy. Nearly 100 percent of respondents agreed that “Libraries should never share personal information, circulation records or Internet use records with third parties unless it has been authorized by the individual or by a court of law,” and 76 percent feel libraries are doing all they can to prevent unauthorized access to individual’s personal information and circulation records. Overall, nearly 80 percent feel libraries should play a role in educating the general public about privacy issues.
  • When compared to the 2008 survey, the results showed that the responses given by the 2012 respondents generally mirrored those of the 2008 respondents, with data showing a slight decline in the level of concern over privacy. For example, in both surveys, the vast majority (95 percent in 2008, 90 percent in 2012) of respondents expressed concern that “companies are collecting too much personal information about me and other individuals.”  However those who “strongly” agreed dropped from 70 percent in 2008 to only 54 percent in 2012.

The 2012 survey also revealed some limitations in libraries’ handling of privacy issues. While nearly 80 percent of the responding librarians said libraries should play a role in educating the general public about privacy, only 13 percent said their library had hosted a privacy information session, lecture, seminar or other event addressing privacy and surveillance. Similarly, while 100 percent agree that libraries should not release library records without a court order, only 51 percent indicate that their libraries offer training on handling requests for user records and only 57 percent indicate that their libraries effectively communicate the library’s privacy policies to their patrons.

The 2012 study is funded by a generous grant from the Open Society Foundations and is managed by Dr. Michael Zimmer, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies, and co-director of its Center for Information Policy Research.

The survey is part of ALA’s Choose Privacy Week and “Privacy for All” initiative, which conducted with the generous support of the Open Society Foundations. Its website, www.privacyrevolution.org, provides access to privacy-related news, information and programming resources.

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom established Choose Privacy Week in 2010 to help libraries work with their communities in navigating these complicated but vital issues.  It is a national public awareness campaign that aims to educate the public about their privacy rights and to deepen public awareness about the serious issue of government surveillance. The theme for Choose Privacy Week 2012 is “Freedom from Surveillance.”

For more information on Choose Privacy Week, visit www.privacyrevolution.org or contact Jennifer Petersen, ALA PR coordinator at (312) 280-5043, jpetersen@ala.org.

CIPR Research Lunch on Internet Research Ethics (September 30, 2011)

Sep 19, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Research Lunch on Internet Research Ethics (September 30, 2011)

On Friday, September 30, 2011, please join us for a CIPR brown bag research lunch from 12:30-2:00 in Bolton 521 (bring your own lunch).

There will be two short presentations, both focusing on issues in Internet research ethics:

  • “Oh the Ethics You’ll Know”, by Nick Proferes, SOIS PhD student. This short (and clever!) presentation shares on-going research into how issues of research ethics are discussed on the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) mailing list. This will be a preview of what Nick will present at the AoIR annual conference in October.
  • “Research Ethics in the 2.0 Era: Conceptual Gaps for Ethicists, Researchers, IRBs”, by Michael Zimmer, Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Center for Information Policy Research. This talk contributes to this growing discourse on Internet research ethics by describing conceptual gaps that have emerged with relation to how researchers and IRBs think about privacy, anonymity, consent, and harm in the 2.0 era. This will be a preview of an invited presentation at the International Symposium on Digital Ethics hosted by Loyola’s Center for Digital Ethics & Policy.

We intend to hold informal research lunches (bring your own lunch) a few times each semester, to provide a space for faculty, students, staff, and friends interested in information policy and ethics (conceived of broadly) to share research — both finished and in progress.

If you’d like to schedule a time to present, please contact Michael Zimmer at zimmerm@uwm.edu.

CIPR Co-Director Michael Zimmer Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education on Privacy & Research on Facebook

Jul 11, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Co-Director Michael Zimmer Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education on Privacy & Research on Facebook
Michael Zimmer

Michael Zimmer, a privacy scholar at the U. of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Center for Information Policy Research, says the methods of the Harvard project “should have triggered an ethical concern.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an article featuring CIPR Co-Director Michael Zimmer’s research critiquing the privacy protections and research methods related to the “Taste, Ties, and Time” (T3) Facebook research study conducted by a set of Harvard sociologists.

The article, “Harvard Researchers Accused of Breaching Students’ Privacy”, discusses a variety of privacy and research ethics concerns raised by Zimmer, and also features insights by former CIPR director Elizabeth Buchanan.

Read the full article here, and additional commentary by Zimmer on his blog.

CIPR Directors to Discuss Labor, Ethics at ALA 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans

Jun 20, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   Events, News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Directors to Discuss Labor, Ethics at ALA 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans

CIPR Co-Directors Dr. Michael Zimmer and Dr. Joyce Latham will be discussing issues of ethics and labor at the upcoming American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. Held June 23-28, 2011 in New Orleans, the ALA Annual Conference is the world’s largest event for the broader library community, bringing together more than 25,000 librarians, educators, authors, publishers, literacy experts, and advocates.

Dr. Zimmer will be speaking on the program “Promoting Ethical Literacy in Youth: How Librarians Can Partner with Parents and Teachers”, hosted by the ALA’s Committee on Professional Ethics. The program is Sunday, June 26th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Morial Convention Center, Room 243. More details are available here.

Dr. Latham will be participating in the Library History Round Table Research Forum, which features papers on the history of library services and collections for business, industry, and labor. Dr. Latham will present her work on “Collective Collections: Libraries and Labor” on Sunday, June 26th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, room Rosedown A. More details are available here.

CIPR Co-Director Michael Zimmer Discusses Facebook Censorship in The Huffington Post

Apr 22, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Co-Director Michael Zimmer Discusses Facebook Censorship in The Huffington Post

CIPR co-director, Michael Zimmer, discusses recent controversies related to content censorship by Facebook in a blog post on The Huffington Post.

The piece, “Facebook’s Censorship Problem,” critiques Facebook’s recent removal of a photo of two men kissing from a user’s Facebook Wall due to an apparent violation of the site’s terms of service. Zimmer also contextualizes this censorship controversy within news that Facebook is reportedly in discussions with the Chinese government to bring the social network to the China, where the social networking site will need to implement a much more robust and aggressive content filtering and censorship policy to abide by China’s wishes to limit it’s citizens’ access to information.

Read the full article here. You can also read more about a variety of policy and ethical issues related to Facebook at Zimmer’s blog.

Intellectual Freedom vs. Wikileaks

Feb 5, 2011   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on Intellectual Freedom vs. Wikileaks

Please join CIPR co-directors Dr. Joyce Latham and Dr. Michael Zimmer for a discussion of the intersections of intellectual freedom and WikiLeaks at the Brookfield Public Library on Thursday, February 24th from 7 to 8 PM.

Registration for this event is requested, but not required. To register or to request further information, please call 262-782-4140.

CIPR Associate Michael Zimmer in The Huffington Post

Jun 3, 2010   //   by cipradmin   //   News  //  Comments Off on CIPR Associate Michael Zimmer in The Huffington Post

CIPR Associate Michael Zimmer is co-author on an op-ed in The Huffington Post, along with Chris Jay Hoofnagle, director of information privacy programs at the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law & Technology.

The piece, “How to Win Friends and Manipulate People,” critiques the “Machiavellian public relations strategy” of information-intensive companies, such as Facebook, in which “companies introduce ‘features’ that invariably result in more information being shared with advertisers, wait for a negative reaction, and then announce minimal changes without affecting the new feature. They explain away the fuss with public relations spin: ‘we are listening to our users,’ ‘we didn’t get it right this time,’ ‘we look forward to your feedback,’ etc.”

Check out the full piece here. You can also read more about privacy issues and Facebook at Michael Zimmer’s blog.