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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

Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts

Choose Privacy Week - May 5, 2014

Eric Stroshane

North Dakota State Library

[email protected]

@ericstroshane


Defense against the digital dark arts

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

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


Defense against the digital dark arts

  • 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


Defense against the digital dark arts

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!


Defense against the digital dark arts

  • 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

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…)


Defense against the digital dark arts

Rights status unclear; image used at great

personal risk

Image in the public domain in the United States


Defense against the digital dark arts

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

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


Defense against the digital dark arts

“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


Defense against the digital dark arts

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

All Data You Generate Is Personal

  • Mobility patterns

  • Browser fingerprints

  • Search habits

  • Metadata


Defense against the digital dark arts

Photo by Eric Stroshane, used with permission.


Defense against the digital dark arts

“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

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


Defense against the digital dark arts

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

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


Defense against the digital dark arts

  • Malware: software installed against your will with bad intentions

  • Spyware: malware that monitors and reports on your activities

  • Adware: spyware that injects ads


Defense against the digital dark arts

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


Defense against the digital dark arts

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


Defense against the digital dark arts

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


Encrypto patronum

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

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


Defense against the digital dark arts

CPW Programming Guide - Usable 52 weeks per year!

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

Programming ideas from Cory Doctorow:

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


Defense against the digital dark arts

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

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


Defense against the digital dark arts

  • American Civil Liberties Union

  • Center for Democracy and Technology

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • Freedom of the Press Foundation

  • OpenNet Initiative

  • Sunlight Foundation


Base pac recommendations

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

Questions?

Contact: [email protected] | @ericstroshane

Slides: http://v.gd/yaFAH8

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


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