Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Points of View

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Points of View

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This issue is full of voices. Voices speaking up about privacy. Voices speaking out about security. Voices advocating for intellectual freedom and the right to speak up and out at all.

Research conducted by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has shown that public libraries are commonly viewed as safe places. The American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights stresses both patron privacy and intellectual freedom. And in America, the right to free speech, as embodied in our founding documents, is not only fundamental, but inalienable.

In our global society, information technology has served both as a liberator and an oppressor. The communications devices on our laps, in our pockets, and around our wrists not only enable, but expose us.

Today's libraries face the same security risks as corporations and nations, since their networked environments are equally exposed to hacking. …

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