Many library workers have been providing education and advocacy for online privacy in their communities for years. As they find themselves pushing for safe working conditions during the pandemic, issuing statements of support for social justice, and other organizing efforts, they need to protect their own digital privacy as well. Because of the nature of online organizing, library workers who speak out not only may find their jobs in jeopardy; they can also be targets of malicious groups who seek to silence people through intimidation. The recent events in Douglas County, Nevada, where the library was lambasted by the local sheriff because of a mere discussion about supporting Black Lives Matter and white nationalist groups soon after targeted the area, demonstrate what is at risk for library workers in today's political landscape.
In this talk, we'll provide tips and resources specifically for library workers who are trying to do workplace organizing, including how to safely communicate with coworkers, how to avoid unwanted attention on social media sites, and where to find support.
Understand how technologies both assist and endanger organizers, advocates, and protesters (both generally and within libraries)
Utilize basic strategies for email, social media presence, petition writing, and other online organizing to keep themselves safe
Demonstrate productive, safe, and strategic behavior in their online advocacy efforts and pass it along to their allies/co-organizers
Create a threat model for themselves (see: https://www.eff.org/files/2015/11/24/3mod_threat-modeling-ssd_9-3-15.pdf)