ITS is pleased to welcome our speakers, Alison Macrina and Kade Crockford, from the Library Freedom Project.
Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms. Alison is passionate about connecting surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations. When she’s not doing any of that, she’s reading.*
Kade Crockford is the director of the Technology for Liberty project at the ACLU of Massachusetts, where they write the Privacy Matters blog. Their writing has appeared in Truthout, the Nation, the Guardian, and the Boston Globe, among many other outlets. In addition to writing and public speaking on surveillance, Kade conducts research and serves as an in-house policy expert on issues at the intersection of policing and technology.*
Jessie Rossman, staff attorney for the ACLU of Massachusetts and surveillance law expert, offers a “Know Your Rights” training for librarians, detailing the contours of federal and local privacy law, as well as providing information on how to respond when served with an information request such as a National Security Letter, administrative subpoena, or warrant.
*Bios courtesy of the Library Freedom Project