Welcome to Privacy and Youth

The 2011 Privacy and Youth Conference seeks to identify how to best to reach young people with messages about privacy, with the help of student participants.

For over three years the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association has been focused on the issue of libraries and privacy awareness, thanks to a grant from the Open Society Institute.  We are very proud of our achievements thus far.  Our experience has convinced us to focus our efforts in 2011 on developing strategies for how best to deliver the privacy message to young people.  The future of privacy advocacy and protections in the United States really depends on young people’s awareness of the long-term importance of personal privacy protections (particularly regarding use of the Internet and social media), and how government surveillance of citizens’ activities poses a chilling threat to our nation’s future.  Libraries are ideal places for youth to learn about privacy and see it in action, given our long history of protecting the freedom to read.

We hope this blog will provide opportunities for reflection and discussion about privacy and youth.

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