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=== Week 4: Vendors ===
 
=== Week 4: Vendors ===
 
* Real time lecture: June 10th 9:30 - 11:30 Pacific/12:30 - 2:30 Eastern on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/9129428892
 
* Real time lecture: June 10th 9:30 - 11:30 Pacific/12:30 - 2:30 Eastern on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/9129428892
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* Slides: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ToZ8iUioQROo2GsCmn9QQWy5qwtQk6Ei/view?usp=sharing
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* Recording: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/561499849
  
 
==== Overview ====
 
==== Overview ====
While librarians have always considered privacy among our most sacred core values, our in-library practices leave a lot to be desired. Recent privacy issues with vendors like Kanopy, Lynda.com, and Gale Analytics have brought to light the abysmal privacy practices of library vendors. And while it's easy to criticize these outside parties, our internal privacy policies could also use a lot of work.  
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There's really no other way to put this: we've got a vendor privacy crisis. Careless with patron data at best, collaborationist with the ICE deportation machine at worst, our vendors -- especially the biggest ones that we rely on the most -- are not representing our library values. The trend of big vendors increasing their portfolio of mergers and acquisitions means bigger, more powerful, even less accountable companies, collecting enormous datasets, adding more and more shady analytics products and tools, and effectively building highly sophisticated surveillance systems. There are increasing efforts at resistance to these vendors, but we need more leadership, bigger collective efforts, and more radical demands. This week, we'll talk about the vendor problems and our sites of resistance.  
  
 
==== Readings ====
 
==== Readings ====
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Lots of readings this week, I know! Get through whatever you get through.
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* Addressing the alarming systems of surveillance built by library vendors: https://sparcopen.org/news/2021/addressing-the-alarming-systems-of-surveillance-built-by-library-vendors/
 
* Addressing the alarming systems of surveillance built by library vendors: https://sparcopen.org/news/2021/addressing-the-alarming-systems-of-surveillance-built-by-library-vendors/
 
* Vendor privacy scorecard: https://github.com/alisonLFP/libraryfreedominstitute/blob/master/LFI2/finalprojects/Library%20Freedom-%20Vendor%20Scorecard-%20110719.pdf
 
* Vendor privacy scorecard: https://github.com/alisonLFP/libraryfreedominstitute/blob/master/LFI2/finalprojects/Library%20Freedom-%20Vendor%20Scorecard-%20110719.pdf
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* ALA library privacy guidelines for vendors: https://notechforice.com/lawletter/
 
* ALA library privacy guidelines for vendors: https://notechforice.com/lawletter/
 
* Inequality in Knowledge Production: The Integration of Academic Infrastructure by Big Publishers https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01816707/document
 
* Inequality in Knowledge Production: The Integration of Academic Infrastructure by Big Publishers https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01816707/document
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* Physical equivalent privacy: https://minds.wisconsin.edu/handle/1793/81297
 
* EFF’s How to Assess Vendors’ Data Security: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/01/how-assess-vendors-data-security
 
* EFF’s How to Assess Vendors’ Data Security: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/01/how-assess-vendors-data-security
 
* Gale Analytics/California Grand Jury story: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=california-grand-jury-data-analytics-threaten-patron-privacy
 
* Gale Analytics/California Grand Jury story: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=california-grand-jury-data-analytics-threaten-patron-privacy
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==== Some vendor privacy policies ====
 
==== Some vendor privacy policies ====
* Kanopy www.kanopystreaming.com/privacy
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Scan through a couple of these and take note of anything you think is alarming or interesting, anything worth discussing with the group. You can also feel free to look up another library vendor of your choosing. How do these privacy policies line up with best practices in the field, like the NISO privacy principles, or the ALA vendor privacy guidelines?
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* Kanopy https://www.kanopy.com/privacy
 
* Cengage (Gale) https://www.cengage.com/privacy/
 
* Cengage (Gale) https://www.cengage.com/privacy/
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* Wix https://www.wix.com/about/privacy
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* ProQuest https://about.proquest.com/en/about/privacy-policy/
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* RELX https://www.relx.com/site-services/privacy
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* Thomson Reuters https://www.thomsonreuters.com/en/privacy-statement.html and https://www.thomsonreuters.com/en/trust-center/data-privacy-information.html
  
==== Discussion ====
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==== Discussion prompts ====
TBD
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* Where do you see opportunities for resisting or challenging the awful vendor practices we discussed today?
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* What are small, harm reduction steps? What are starting points for bigger action?
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* Where do you have power? Where could you build power?
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* What are the challenges to standing up to these vendor practices?
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* Discussion link for this week: https://libraryfreedom.chat/t/cc-1-week-4-vendors/843
  
 
==== Tasks ====
 
==== Tasks ====
 
* Lecture, readings, discussion forum
 
* Lecture, readings, discussion forum
* Schedule final project checkin with Alison
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* If you're planning to do a final project, schedule a 1:1 checkin with Alison

Latest revision as of 22:53, 10 June 2021

Week 4: Vendors[edit]

Overview[edit]

There's really no other way to put this: we've got a vendor privacy crisis. Careless with patron data at best, collaborationist with the ICE deportation machine at worst, our vendors -- especially the biggest ones that we rely on the most -- are not representing our library values. The trend of big vendors increasing their portfolio of mergers and acquisitions means bigger, more powerful, even less accountable companies, collecting enormous datasets, adding more and more shady analytics products and tools, and effectively building highly sophisticated surveillance systems. There are increasing efforts at resistance to these vendors, but we need more leadership, bigger collective efforts, and more radical demands. This week, we'll talk about the vendor problems and our sites of resistance.

Readings[edit]

Lots of readings this week, I know! Get through whatever you get through.

Some vendor privacy policies[edit]

Scan through a couple of these and take note of anything you think is alarming or interesting, anything worth discussing with the group. You can also feel free to look up another library vendor of your choosing. How do these privacy policies line up with best practices in the field, like the NISO privacy principles, or the ALA vendor privacy guidelines?

Discussion prompts[edit]

  • Where do you see opportunities for resisting or challenging the awful vendor practices we discussed today?
  • What are small, harm reduction steps? What are starting points for bigger action?
  • Where do you have power? Where could you build power?
  • What are the challenges to standing up to these vendor practices?
  • Discussion link for this week: https://libraryfreedom.chat/t/cc-1-week-4-vendors/843

Tasks[edit]

  • Lecture, readings, discussion forum
  • If you're planning to do a final project, schedule a 1:1 checkin with Alison