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.

On this page, you'll find materials that we're using for the current cohort. If you're looking for application materials and a timeline for the next cohort, [this is what you want https://libraryfreedomproject.org/lfi/].

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 Ideal public computer environment TBD
21 Oct 7 - 13 October 11th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern Teaching mobile privacy to low digital literacy audiences 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 The right to privacy Jessie Rossman, ACLU of Massachusetts
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 eighteen
Week 19: Conversation week
Week twenty
Week twenty one
Week twenty two
Week twenty three
Week twenty four
Week twenty five
Week twenty six