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Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts. Choose Privacy Week - May 5, 2014 Eric Stroshane North Dakota State Library [email protected] @ ericstroshane. Panel from Zach Weinersmith’s Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal used with permission.

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Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts

Choose Privacy Week - May 5, 2014

Eric Stroshane

North Dakota State Library

[email protected]

@ericstroshane


Panel from Zach Weinersmith’sSaturday Morning Breakfast Cereal used with permission.

View this and other comics at: http://www.smbc-comics.com/


  • 86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints

  • 55% of internet users have taken steps to avoid observation by specific people, organizations, or the government

From this September 5, 2013, Pew Research Internet Project report: http://v.gd/6ogCGF


September 1, 2009, Unshelved strip by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum used with permission.

Visit www.unshelved.com for more free comics and books about libraries!


  • January 20, 1953 - Joseph McCarthy becomes chair of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

  • June 25, 1953 – The Freedom to Read Statement is officially adopted by the ALA Council and the AAP Freedom to Read Committee


Proud History of Librarian Resistance

  • DECAL aka “Library Awareness” (1973-1976, 1985-?)

  • CIPA (2000-)

  • USA PATRIOT Act (2001-)

  • SOPA/PIPA (2011 - 2012)

  • CISPA (2011 - 2012, reintroduced in 2013…)


Rights status unclear; image used at great

personal risk

Image in the public domain in the United States


Panel from Randall Munroe’s xkcd licensed under CC BY-NC 2.5

View this and other comics at: https://xkcd.com/


“I don’t try to describe the future, I try to prevent it.”

- Ray Bradbury

Quote from Roger Moore’s article “At 80, Ray Bradbury Still Fighting the Future he Foresaw,” available at: http://v.gd/pLPkgP


Dave Hoffman’s “Internet VS Privacy – A Helpful Venn Diagram,” licensed under CC BY 2.0from http://v.gd/Yp9Ujj


All Data You Generate Is Personal

  • Mobility patterns

  • Browser fingerprints

  • Search habits

  • Metadata


Photo by Eric Stroshane, used with permission.


“Pervasive, end-to-end encryption can quickly make indiscriminate surveillance impossible on a cost-effective basis. The result is that governments are likely to fall back to traditional, targeted surveillance founded upon an individualized suspicion.”

- Edward Snowden

Snowden’s full testimony to the European Parliament (pdf): http://v.gd/0MCQgg

Shirt available from: http://v.gd/35zt6R


The Digital Dark Arts

  • Casual leaks from sharing computers

  • Spyware and adware

  • Third party cookies

  • Keyloggers

  • Packet sniffing and inspection

Detail from katefarrar’s Dark Mark Wallpaper, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0from: http://v.gd/11oxtb


Panel from Scott Meyer’s Basic Instructions, used with permission.

View this and other comics at: http://basicinstructions.net/


  • Malware: software installed against your will with bad intentions

  • Spyware: malware that monitors and reports on your activities

  • Adware: spyware that injects ads


Visualize tracking cookies with Mozilla’s Lightbeam extension (Firefox): https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/lightbeam/

Detail from “Delicious cookie!” image by Andres Moreno, licensed under CC BY 2.0 from http://v.gd/Sv5QJZ


Licensed under GNU Free Documentation License 1.2 from: http://v.gd/bWK1n0


Licensed under CC BY 3.0 US, from: https://www.eff.org/pages/tor-and-https


EncryptoPatronum!

  • Test how a browser handles SSL/TLS: https://howsmyssl.com

  • Test a site’s SSL/TLS configuration: https://www.digicert.com/help/

  • Get certified! Implement HTTPS on your sites:

    • Digicert

    • SSL.com

    • StartSSL

    • Or from a host of other cert authorities!


Challenge Vendors to Reset the Net

  • Place statements in RFPs requesting potential partners to use HTTPS by default

  • Contact current vendors and request they enable HTTPS by default


CPW Programming Guide - Usable 52 weeks per year!

http://v.gd/LukU9J (pdf)

Programming ideas from Cory Doctorow:

http://v.gd/nbQTbF (YouTube)


  • Elected officials directory: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

  • House staff directory: http://staffers.sunlightfoundation.com/


  • American Civil Liberties Union

  • Center for Democracy and Technology

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • Freedom of the Press Foundation

  • OpenNet Initiative

  • Sunlight Foundation


Base PAC Recommendations

Windows Settings:

  • Enable the Guest account

    Browser Settings:

  • Always open in Private/Incognito mode (for Chrome, add the -incognito flag to the shortcut)

  • Change default search provider to DuckDuckGo

    Browser Extensions:

  • AdBlock Plus

  • Disconnect or Ghostery

  • HTTPS Everywhere

  • For Chrome, be sure to check “Allow in Incognito” for these!

    Software:

  • ZemanaAntiLogger Free

  • CCleaner or a steady state/deep freeze product


Questions?

Contact: [email protected] | @ericstroshane

Slides: http://v.gd/yaFAH8

Playlist: http://v.gd/H7cbAC (they’ll know you listened…)


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