A School Librarian Caught In The Middle of Student Privacy Extremes

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EFF:

In search of a middle ground that serves students, Angela is asking hard, fundamental questions. “We can use technology to do this, but should we? Is it giving us the same results as something non-technological?” Angela asked. “We need to see the big picture. How do we take advantage of these tools while keeping information private and being aware of what we might be giving away?”

School librarians are uniquely positioned to navigate this middle ground and advocate for privacy, both within the school library itself and in larger school- or district-wide conversations about technology. Often, school librarians are the only staff members trained as educators, privacy specialists, and technologists, bringing not only the skills but a professional mandate to lead their communities in digital privacy and intellectual freedom. On top of that, librarians have trusted relationships across the student privacy stakeholder chain, from working directly with students to training teachers to negotiating with technology vendors.

Think Like CDT: How to Protect Your Privacy

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CDT:

Taking control of our personal data is often easier said than done. It can be overwhelming to think about how much data we generate each day, whether at work or just living our lives, and sharing some of this information is a non-negotiable part of modern life. Attempting to stop, let alone control this process, can feel daunting or hopeless, even for people in the privacy weeds.

It is a fool’s errand to come up with a standard set of tips for how best to protect your privacy. Even among people working at CDT, we each care about our privacy in different ways and manage our digital lives quite differently as a result. But in the spirit of Data Privacy Day, the staff at CDT wanted to offer a list of ideas for where to start, based on what we personally do to protect our privacy.

Pretty good list.

Injustice at the Border: How to Protect Your Data (Part 1)

If you follow this site, you most likely know that a large part of the content focuses on privacy and security. About 2 years ago, I said what I had to say on these subjects. From then on, I decided to simply continue linking to those who remained vigilant in these areas.

However, current events compel me to speak up once more.

Continue reading Injustice at the Border: How to Protect Your Data (Part 1)

Feeling Safer Online With Firefox

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Good stuff.

Panos Astithas:

Firefox is the only browser that answers only to you, our users; so all of us who work on Firefox spend a lot of effort making your browsing experience more private and secure. We update Firefox every 6 weeks, and every new change ships to you as fast as we can make and verify it. For a few releases now, we have been landing bits and pieces of a broader set of privacy and security changes. This post will outline the big picture of all these changes.

macOS Security and Privacy Guide

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drduh:

This is a collection of thoughts on securing a modern Apple Mac computer using macOS (formerly OS X) 10.12 “Sierra”, as well as steps to improving online privacy.

This guide is targeted to “power users” who wish to adopt enterprise-standard security, but is also suitable for novice users with an interest in improving their privacy and security on a Mac.