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Internet Privacy…in the Library!

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Even computer experts can’t agree on Internet privacy, and no wonder: one person’s Facebook feed is another’s privacy nightmare. If you’re trying to sort it out for yourself, why not start with these nice, safe, paper-bound library books? We don’t track your usage and libraries have historically protected their patrons’ right to privacy, too! Unless you’d prefer to read them on your Kindle, of course. That is probably a little more convenient. But then, well, don’t blame us when your relationship with gets a little more awkward.


1538975Dragnet Nation: a quest for privacy, security, and freedom in a world of relentless surveillance by Julia Angwin

Ever notice how Amazon’s suggestions and Facebook’s banner ads seem to be spookily tailored to your online experience? Julia Angwin did. To try and shake the digital eyes watching her, she embarked on a personal experiment intended to remove her from online tracking, cell phone location tracking, and even tracking by the federal government.


1595002Data and Goliath:the hidden battles to capture your information and control your world by Bruce Schneier

If Dragnet Nation made you paranoid, then brace yourself for this sweeping expose. This book’s main strength is that it highlights how privacy violators get most of their power: we give it to them ourselves.


1375899This Machine Kills Secrets: how Wikileakers, cypherpunks, and hacktivists aim to free the world’s information by Andy Greenberg

Privacy isn’t just a concern for the little guy: whole governments have been destabilized due to the increasing proliferation of leaks. From Edward Snowden to Anonymous, this is the book that tells you about how the Internet gets the really big secrets.


1537182Privacy in the Age of Big Data: recognizing threats, defending your data, and protecting your family by Theresa Payton and Theodore Claypoole

Now that you know what’s out there, it’s time to fight back! Can online couponing open you up to privacy violations? What political action can a person take to protect their privacy? It’s all here for newbies and experienced activists alike!


Author: Anna

Anna is a reference librarian and computer nerd at the Nevins Library. She is a fan of all speculative fiction.

One thought on “Internet Privacy…in the Library!

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