Alison Macrina

Privacy in the Age of Mass Surveillance: The Library Freedom Project

Date: September 4, 2015

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Room: Lindley Hall, Room 102


This talk will examine the state of surveillance in the digital age from the intelligence agencies’ dragnet to the corporate business model of total information awareness.  These conclusions will be connected to historical examples showing how surveillance is used against marginalized people conducting lawful First Amendment activities.  She will illustrate why privacy is still possible and why it matters now more than ever, offering practical tips for protecting individual privacy and fighting back against pervasive surveillance.  In closing, she will outline the work of the Library Freedom Project, which brings privacy and surveillance education to librarians and their local communities.


Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy rights activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations. When she’s not doing any of that, she’s reading.


Note: She will also talk at 1:00 pm at the Monroe County Public Library on Thursday, September 3, 2015.