LFI Course Materials/Week 9: Influencing local policy

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Week 9: Influencing local policy[edit]

  • Real time lecture: July 19th 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern


How do we scale our privacy efforts beyond the walls of the library? What does a framework for municipal privacy look like? How do you engage your community and other stakeholders to take action? Brian Hofer, director of Secure Justice and former member of Oakland Privacy, joins us this week to talk about how communities can fight back against surveillance locally. Oakland Privacy is a citizen’s coalition that works regionally to defend the right to privacy and enhance public transparency and oversight regarding the use of surveillance techniques and equipment. They write policies and reports about surveillance technologies, conduct research and investigations, and develop frameworks for implementation focused on civil rights and community control. They've had numerous successes, including creating the first standing municipal citizens’ privacy advisory commission in the City of Oakland, helping pass privacy enhancing legislative efforts locally, and terminating a sitting law enforcement agreement between its police department and ICE. Brian will walk us through his playbook for action, covering public records requests, lobbying, legislation, coalition-building, and more.

Learning objectives[edit]

  • Learn starting points for municipal privacy action


No readings this week.

Guest lecturer[edit]

Brian Hofer, Secure Justice


  • What lessons can libraries learn from Brian's work?
  • What are the first steps you can take in your community?


  • Lecture, readings, discussion forum, and small group work