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    2323- Feedback?
    2424- Localization?
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     29== Library Freedom Institute Meeting in CDMX - LFI Updates!!
     30
     31=== A bit of context/background:
     32
     33- in 2014, LFP was started
     34        - working as a librarian... Snowden stuff happened.... BLM started getting bigger in US - rethinking surveillance & privacy: who it's impacting
     35        - hearing from ppl in the community who were interested in surveillance resistance
     36        - started as classes about Tor, free software, basic digital security (passwords etc)
     37       
     38==== Why do this work in Libraries?
     39                - Librarians have historical care for privacy
     40                - Libraries are the only place where you can get free computer help - computer classes are offered to ppl who have no access otherwise - lots of overlap here w/ groups that are already affected by surveillance
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     42        - connected w/ ACLU
     43                - they covered policy
     44        - built travelling roadshow for librarians
     45        - making tails drives for ppl and letting them test them in the library
     46        - applied for funding from the Night foundation - $250k !!!! tears
     47        - involvement w/ Tor started around the same time - 2015 ish
     48                - Tor was based in Massachusetts at the time
     49        - workshops in english speaking countries (but also some other langs) - US, Canada, + more
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     51        - 2015 - big victory!   
     52                - teaching people how to run Relays in Libraries - got a library to run an exit relay - feds asked them to shut it down. Ended up getting lots of media attention (plus protection/help from the EFF & ACLU)
     53        - the privacy conversation in libraries in US has changed - now people are talking about Tor!!!
     54        - (side note: potential Tor booth at the American Library Association meeting?)
     55
     56However, it's not scaleable for one person to do these trainings all over
     57        - another grant !!! $250k from IMLS
     58        - PLUS another $200k
     59                - (if you think you'll never get money for something, give it a try! you can write grants, too)
     60
     61So, the idea for the LFI was to scale the LFP
     62=== Current format of LFI:
     63        - 6 month training program restricted to librarians in the US (only restricted b/c of funding)
     64        - primarily online
     65                - 13 librarians so far - 80% female, 35% people of color
     66        - partnership w/ NYU
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     68=== Overall themes of the LFI:
     69        - threat modelling
     70        - harm-reduction
     71                - no possible way to address all aspects of a threat model... so how can we reduce the harm?
     72        - using user personas
     73        - completely free
     74        - anti-surveillance
     75        - normalizing privacy & security - making it normal and fine for the average person (learning about Tor from your librarian has a normalizing effect!!)
     76       
     77Problem: The first contact problem
     78        - if someone wants to leak documents to a journalist - that first contact is dangerous!! If your first contact is not safe/not encrypted, then you might be in trouble. Having Tor on library computers can help to solve this problem
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     80Q: are we training these people to go out and train others?
     81        A: Yes! Training them as privacy advocates - they can choose their focus within the privacy/advocacy umbrella
     82                - These librarians know their community better than we can. So they can make a curriculum/plan that best suits their community
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     84Q: Are we targeting libraries of a certain size?
     85        A: No - we're focusing on interesting geographic mix, gender & race diversity. Types of libraries are Public Libraries and Community College Libraries, b/c they tend to serve the communities we want to reach, and they don't have a lot of access to professional development opportunities
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     87=== Schedule (https://github.com/alisonLFP/libraryfreedominstitute/blob/master/coursedocs/LFI%20weekly%20schedule.pdf):
     88        Each week: readings, discussion, assignments
     89                Assignments: Figure out some way to bring this topic to your library! not mandatory every week - every third assignment is mandatory)
     90        In-person weekend has been good opportunity to go over Tor & Tails, since we can go more in-depth
     91                - pedagogy of the oppressed
     92        Some of the things we're trying to teach:
     93                - it's not just about privacy - you're gonna be an advocate in the community! You'll need to know how to talk to the press
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     95        This is also a really good usability research opportunity! Large and diverse audience
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     97=== Future plans:
     98        - 3 more rounds, with 25 participants each
     99        - end deliverable: 80 librarians trained around the US
     100        - IMLS requires people to be trained in the USA
     101        - future funding, and how to get this in countries other than the US!
     102
     103=== Feedback:
     104        S1: This is amazing!!
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     106        S2: Amazing - also, goals are so in line with Tor
     107                - Funding - people will jump at this! Can be scaled really easily, and the effects will trickle down throuhg the community
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     109        A: Localization!! Figure out what country or region would be best, then find someone like me there, do knowledge transfer, and then fund THEM to do the work
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     111        S2: As it scales, it's gonna be a full-time job plus some
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     113        S3: Is this related to Toronto Public Library?
     114                A: It is! I did a training for staff in TO, plus a public event. Talked to admin about making a plan - they were already interested in the Tor relay project, but not sure if they could get buy-in - so what about Tor Browser? Then local Tor member took over from there - more talks, and the official pilot has begun!
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     116        S3: I work out of libraries in TO so I hope it's there! Might be moving to another city - so what would be the first step to approach a librarian about this?
     117                A: Go there, offer to help them with an easier-ask entry point - say I'm a privacy person, I know there's a lot of interest in these skills - I'd be willing to teach a free class to the public. Build a survey into the class - would you like your library to install these tools right on their own computers? Then show librarians and ask them if they're interested in next steps
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     119        S4: plus, Toronto is a great success story to point to, now!
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     121        S2: How about the Philidelphia Free Library? Their principles are really in line
     122
     123        A: That's the thing - privacy is one of the core values of librarians! So, put action behind your words &
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     125        S4: Do you ever sell it as a big draw, now that ebooks are bigger?
     126                A: People are actually using libraries more now, especially in the US after the financial collapse - many people lost access to social services, and the Library coallesced as a place to get these resources - free place to stay, services for immigrants, english classes, etc. BUT, it is also true that libraries are always looking for some flashy thing to get funding - getting people in the library is not as big of a problem as the loss of funding. We've also done a whole unit on the privacy risks of ebooks - that your reading info is communicated back to the vendor (Amazon, Adobe, etc)
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     128        S2: So, how can we help to scale this? Help grant-writing?
     129                A: Steps: thinking about funding - currently funded through the end of 2020, but after that, it could go in a different direction - localizing current state, find local people to help... also, internationally, it might not be libraries! Is there a better place elsewhere to center the LFI out of? Factfinding needs to happen
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     131        A: Enamel pins! If you want one, I will send you one
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     133        E: Have you worked with any university libraries?
     134                A: As LFP, we did - but as LFI, we've been focusing on libraries with less resources, who serve communities who can be benefitted more.
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     136        G: In Columbia, some ppl asked about LFI - so what do we tell them right now?
     137                A: Are they librarians, tech ppl, ??
     138        G: One person - a student
     139                A: Put them in touch! I did have one person from Columbia apply to the last LFI, but couldn't say yes b/c of funding restrictions.... but if there are more ppl, maybe it could happen. Also, feedback from international folks would be great, to diversify the curriculum and make it more applicable
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     141        S2: Does this stuff all have to be funded by current funding, or can Tor help?
     142                A: Current funding is only to run LFI 4 times - everything else is just stuff I do on my own
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     144        A2: If there's external funding to give someone a scholarship, could you incorporate them into the curriculum?
     145                A: They would need to be able to travel to the US for one weekend. Since the LFI is free, I just need someone else that they work with to keep them accountable - a mentor, someone to make sure they complete the program. Also, ideally, I would like their institution to give them time at work to do the LFI course. Would be better than them having to do it at home.