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Choose Privacy

Choose Privacy Week, an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age, takes place May 1-7, 2012 and is an ongoing program of the American Library Association.


Because we believe that freedom of speech is meaningless without the freedom to read. Confidentiality and privacy are essential to these freedoms, because if library users have to worry about being judged, punished, or put under surveillance, they may censor themselves. They may not seek answers to their questions or read the things they want to read, either in print or online. To be free and to govern themselves, people must be able to explore ideas—even controversial ones—without fear. You can read our policy at http://library.uvm.edu/about/policies/privacy.php

This video from the American Library Association features Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, and social media users and experts talking about the challenges to privacy in the digital age.

In September of 2011, the University of Vermont Libraries co-sponsored an Jeff Chester’s talk on “Digital Media at the Crossroads” at Champlain College. Chester, Executive Director for the Center for Digital Democracy, lectured on the topic of digital democracy, the role of online marketing agencies, changes to policy affecting internet users and their privacy, neuromarketing, and data profiling.

To learn more about privacy, visit the Bailey/Howe Library. Handouts on privacy and our policies are available at the Reference and Circulation desks.

Want to take action? Tell your representatives in Washington how important privacy is to you.

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