The US government is removing scientific data from the Internet | Ars Technica

At Ars Technica Live, we talked to Lindsey Dillon, who decided to do something about it.

Source: The US government is removing scientific data from the Internet | Ars Technica


With Rule 41, Little-Known Committee Proposes to Grant New Hacking Powers to the Government | EFF

The government hacking into phones and seizing computers remotely? It’s not the plot of a dystopian blockbuster summer movie. It’s a proposal from an obscure committee that proposes changes to court procedures—and if we do nothing, it will go into effect in December.

Source: With Rule 41, Little-Known Committee Proposes to Grant New Hacking Powers to the Government | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Librarians, Act Now to Protect Your Users (Before It’s Too Late) | EFF

Books checked out from a library and terms searched on library computers can reveal a teenager’s questions about sexual orientation, a neighbor’s religious leanings, or a student’s political interests. Libraries across the country, particularly public libraries, make it part of their mission to serve the most vulnerable and underserved user groups, including users who are homeless, unemployed, or recent migrants or refugees.

Source: Librarians, Act Now to Protect Your Users (Before It’s Too Late) | Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Internet’s Dark Ages – The Atlantic

If a Pulitzer-nominated 34-part series of investigative journalism can vanish from the web, anything can.

The web, as it appears at any one moment, is a phantasmagoria. It’s not a place in any reliable sense of the word. It is not a repository. It is not a library. It is a constantly changing patchwork of perpetual nowness.

From The Atlanic website on October 15th, a pivotal piece about the Internet not quite as many of us know it – dynamic, tangential, interactive, user generated, information to be found and shared, classified by taxonomies and distributed across the globe, but also lost, trashed, disconnected, and forgotten.

It is not a repository.

Aside from the Internet Archive Way Back Machine, web archiving program, and person back ups, the Internet is not perpetually recorded, nor indexed. We rely on secondary services, corporate entities and cultural heritage organizations to respect, honor, retain, describe, index, and either keep behind pay walls or contribute to the collective accessible information we each have the right to access and educate ourselves with. An ideal situation would be knowledge for all, regardless of one’s class, access to technology, or affiliation…

It is not a library.

With a library we can provide access to information, by saving, storing, describing and indexing in useful, transparent ways. We educate about saving knowledge, and documenting our work to preserve it beyond the Internet.

Source: The Internet’s Dark Ages – The Atlantic

Take action for libraries and make your voice heard about CISA

Press Release from the American Library Association Washington Office:

Nobody likes cyber-attacks, but the bill the
US Senate is set to vote on TOMORROW –
the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act or CISA (S.754) – is awful when it comes to your privacy. 

Skip the explanation and take action now!

For all of the reasons just detailed on District Dispatch, including the possibility that companies could take “defensive measures” unilaterally to disrupt library (or any other) computer networks, ALA and its coalition partners (the ACLU, EFF and companies like Apple and Twitter) have been lobbying hard against passage of CISA. At the same time, we are trying to make it “less bad” by supporting important amendments to protect FOIA and personal privacy.

The Senate votes tomorrow! We and our partners, in dozens of meetings, have laid the substantive groundwork. Now it’s your turn to make that count – literally. We need thousands of librarians to use this one-click tool to tell both of their US Senators’ offices right now to:

  • VOTE YES on the Leahy and Franken Amendments (No. 2587 and (No. 2612), respectively; and
  • VOTE NO on CISA when the bill itself finally comes to a vote even if the amendments pass.

take action for libraries

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

We now live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not.

Initiated in 2004 by President Obama, the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (a non-profit organization), this month long observation encourages education and best practices for all computer users in staying safe online.

Source: National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015 | Homeland Security

More resources: National Cyber Security Alliance ;