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Friday, February 19 • 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Libraries: The frontlines in the fight for digital freedom

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In the summer of 2015, a small library in Lebanon, New Hampshire became the first in the country to host a Tor node, which helps people connect to the internet anonymously. Soon after, the library was contacted by their local police via the Department of Homeland Security, and pressured to halt participation in the project. Come find out what happened next, when a broad coalition of local community members, global supporters, and public interest groups stood up to law enforcement pressure in defense of their digital civil liberties.

Check out the Library Freedom Project

On the panel will be Alison Macrina, Nima Fatemi, Chuck McAndrew, and Devon Chaffee with Carla Gericke as the moderator.

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Carla Gericke

President, Free State Project
Carla Gericke was born in South Africa, and moved to the US after winning a green card. She practiced law at Fortune 500 companies in CA before completing her MFA in creative writing in NYC. After moving to NH in 2008 as part of FSP, Carla twice organized PorcFest, one of the world’s... Read More →

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Devon Chaffee

Executive Director, NH Civil Liberties Union
Having worked in non-profit advocacy for over a decade, Devon comes to the ACLU of New Hampshire with a solid track record of effectively advocating on behalf of marginalized constituencies through innovative, strategic, and persistent lobbying and public education. While with the... Read More →
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Nima Fatemi

Chief Technology Wizard, Library Freedom Project
Independent security researcher, focused on encryption, anonymity, privacy and censorship circumvention technologies. Core member of the Tor Project and chief technology wizard of Library Freedom Project.
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Alison Macrina

Director, Library Freedom Project
Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy activist, and the founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy... Read More →
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Chuck McAndrew

Information Technology Librarian, Lebanon Public Libraries
Chuck McAndrew has had a varied career including serving in the US Marine Corps, working as an auto mechanic, and owning a business making swords. He currently works as an information technology librarian in the Lebanon Public Libraries. He is an advocate for online privacy and... Read More →

Friday February 19, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm EST
Salon C

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