LFI Course Materials

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Library Freedom Institute

Library Freedom Institute (LFI) is a privacy-focused six-month program for librarians to teach them the skills necessary to thrive as Privacy Advocates; from educating community members, to installing privacy software, to influencing public policy.

Cohort group pages

Cohort member bios

Lecture video links on Vimeo

General course information and resources

  • Code of Conduct
  • LFI message board: Most LFI discussion happens here. Anyone can read public posts on the board, but only LFI cohort members can post.
  • LFI Github: We'll use this Github repo occasionally when we need to host large size documents.
  • Riseup mailing list: a private list that cohort members get subscribed to when LFI begins.
  • Zoom video conference room: a private Zoom room that cohort members get the address to when LFI begins.
  • LFI/LFP logos, slide templates, and some other resources

Schedule and curriculum

Schedule overview
Week Dates Real time lecture Topic Lecturer
1 May 20 - 26 May 24th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Introduction to LFI Alison
2 May 27 - June 2 May 31st 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Introduction to threat modeling and teaching privacy Alison
3 June 3 - 9 June 7th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Surveillance technology in our communities Kade Crockford, ACLU of Massachusetts
4 June 10 - 16 June 14th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern More privacy tools Alison
5 June 17 - 23 NO LECTURE ALA/discussion only week ALA/discussion only week
6 June 24 - 30 June 28th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Facial recognition and other AI Varoon Mathur, AI Now Institute
7 July 1 - 7 July 5th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Cybersecurity for librarians Tracy Z. Maleeff, Cyber Analyst at GSK
8 July 8 - 14 July 12th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Corporate power on the internet April Glaser, Slate
9 July 15 - 21 July 19th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Influencing local policy Brian Hofer, Oakland Privacy
10 July 22 - 28 NYC WEEKEND NYC WEEKEND SEE NYC WEEKEND SCHEDULE BELOW
11 July 29 - Aug 4 NO LECTURE Discussion week Discussion week
12 Aug 5 - 11 August 9th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Vendor agreements and library privacy policies Erin Berman, Alameda County Library
13 Aug 12 - 18 August 16th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Digital redlining: the implications of discriminatory algorithms Dr. Chris Gilliard, hypervisible.com
14 Aug 19 - 25 August 23rd 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Intermediate privacy tools/anti-doxxing Alison
15 Aug 26 - Sept 1 August 30th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern The lifecycle of your library's data Becky Yoose, LDH Consulting
16 Sept 2 - 8 September 6th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Advanced privacy tools/Tor and more Alison
17 Sept 9 - 15 September 13th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Algorithms as ideology Janus Rose, senior editor, Vice
18 Sept 16 - 22 September 20th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Social media surveillance Abi Hassen, Black Movement Law Project
19 Sept 23 - 29 NO LECTURE Discussion week Discussion week
20 Sept 30 - Oct 6 October 4th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern The right to privacy 2018 lecture
21 Oct 7 - 13 October 11th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Accessible digital privacy Soraya Okuda, Electronic Frontier Foundation
22 Oct 14 - 20 October 18th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Scams of the Internet Harlo Holmes, Freedom of the Press Foundation
23 Oct 21 - 27 October 25th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Student privacy Abigail Goben, Data Doubles
24 Oct 28 - Nov 3 November 1st 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Public computer environments Chuck McAndrew, Lebanon Libraries
25 Nov 4 - 10 November 8th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern TBD Heath Bunting
26 Nov 11 - 17 November 15th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern PLEASE NOTE THIS SESSION WILL BE TWO HOURS Super special secret closing speaker! And then final project presentations Secret speaker and then Cohort
Weekly curriculum
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Threat modeling and basics of teaching privacy
Week 3: Surveillance technology in our local communities
Week 4: More privacy tools
Week 5: Conversation week
Week 6: Facial recognition and AI
Week 7: Cybersecurity for librarians
Week 8: Corporate power on the internet
Week 9: Influencing local policy
Week 10: NYC weekend
Week 11: Post-NYC discussion week
Week 12: Vendor agreements and privacy policies
Week 13: Digital redlining
Week 14: Intermediate privacy
Week 15: The lifecycle of your library's data
Week 16: Advanced privacy tools
Week 17: Algorithms as ideology
Week 18: Social media surveillance
Week 19: Conversation week
Week 20: The Right to Privacy
Week 21: Accessible digital privacy
Week 22: Scams of the internet
Week twenty three
Week twenty four
Week twenty five
Week twenty six