Privacy and Ethics in Technology
The Digital Library Federation’s Privacy and Ethics in Technology Working Group (PET) affirms that privacy is a human right and collective good fundamental to the health of scholarship, creativity, personal agency, and democracy.
Privacy is essential to equity. All residents of a free society need privacy while seeking information, communicating with others, and developing ideas. This is especially true for marginalized groups, who are disproportionately affected by data exploitation. DLF PET advocates for ethical technologies and practices that respect and empower patrons both in library spaces and beyond.
The Privacy and Ethics in Technology Working Group (formerly know as the Technologies of Surveillance Working Group) was formed at the end of the 2017 DLF Forum by Yasmeen Shorish and Shea Swauger. This group came out of the Surveyance or Surveillance? Working Lunch at the Forum and is dedicated to challenging our relationships with data collection technologies. Libraries are increasingly investing in systems that can track and correlate user behavior.
This group will examine the methods and ethical implications of these technologies and seeks to establish guidelines for how to challenge and avoid intrusive technologies wherever we encounter them in our profession.
Resources for Improving Privacy
Advocacy Action Plan: https://osf.io/2smrf/
Digital Privacy Instruction Curriculum: https://osf.io/sebhf/
Ethics in Research Use of Library Patron Data: Glossary and Explainer: https://osf.io/bygj3/
A Practical Guide to Performing a Library User Data Risk Assessment in Library-Built Systems: https://osf.io/v2c3m/
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Data collection behavior extends far beyond the systems that libraries have direct connections with. One way to help track the news stories and investigative work done in this area is through Twitter, using the hashtag #panoptitech. Follow this tag and add any relevant stories that you come across!
Our sub-groups are:
This sub-group investigates the systems that libraries create, such as open source repositories.
LBS Meeting Minutes
All minutes available in OSF, under 'Files' in the 'MeetingNotes' folder: https://osf.io/v2c3m/
Vendor Built Systems
This sub-group investigates the systems that libraries purchase or lease, such as an ILS or database.
2018-03-16 Minutes here: View Minutes
Instruction and Outreach
This sub-group investigates effective outreach and instruction strategies for our communities on topic related to data collection and privacy.
2018-03-26 Minutes here: View Minutes
OSF repository here: View repository
Digital Privacy Curriculum here: View curriculum
Running meeting minutes here: View minutes
Professional Research Ethics
This sub-group will investigate surveillance ethics in library-based research. A Google Folder of the work is available here: View Folder.
A Zotero library for existing learning-analytics or patron-data principles documents and related material is here: View Zotero
Research Ethics Meetings
2018-03-15 Minutes here: View Minutes
This sub-group will investigate how to resist administrative pressure to surrender library data to campus and/or engage in privacy-damaging assessment practices.
2019-01-22 Minutes here: Download Minutes
018-02-28 Minutes here: Download Minutes
Minutes and other materials from this Working Group can be found at our OSF site: https://osf.io/bdyvq/
All Group Meetings
2019-10-01 Agenda and Minutes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GMI8zg5b7fsWsf9gRZibXkqgQBHv1E5cuE7d8PBYBq4/edit
2018-08-08 Agenda and Minutes: https://osf.io/g3sfp/
2018-06-04 Agenda and Minutes: https://osf.io/34e86/
2018-04-18 Agenda and Minutes: https://osf.io/j35vt/
2018-01-31 Agenda and Minutes: https://osf.io/6ygde/
- The Library Freedom Project has some slide decks to start: https://libraryfreedomproject.org/
- NISO Consensus Principles
- ALA Privacy checklists and best practices: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/privacy/checklists
- Michigan’s courses/events on privacy: https://www.coursera.org/learn/privacy-reputation-identity#syllabus and https://www.si.umich.edu/events/201801/privacymichigan#gsc.tab=0
- Cornell’s resources: https://digitalhumanities.library.cornell.edu/privacy-resources
- Prototyping Jason Griffey’s Measure the Future, which doesn’t capture identifying information (and he’s been vocal about privacy within libraries), but how to navigate communicate the usage of a tool like this. http://measurethefuture.net/2015/03/31/measure-the-future-privacy-and-more-details/
- Karen Coyle’s privacy audit: http://www.kcoyle.net/privacy_audit.html