Libraries and privacy in the digital age

If you’ve nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear?

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Thu, 12th Mar 2015 - 5:30pm to 7:15pm

CILIP, IFLA and FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression) will be co-hosting an evening discussion session for library and information professionals.

The event focuses on the emerging digital environment formed by the Snowden revelations of 2013, and will place particular emphasis on the implications for advocates of freedom of access to information such as libraries. FAIFE Chair Martyn Wade will moderate the discussion which will feature key industry speakers, including:

  • Anthony House, Senior Manager, Public Policy and Communications, Google
  • Dave Banisar, Senior Legal Counsel, Article 19
  • Deborah Caldwell-Stone, American Library Association
  • Alison Macrina, Library Freedom Project

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Event hashtag - #CILIPprivacy15 


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17.30   Registration and drinks reception

18.00   Chairs welcome and introductions

18.10   Panel discussion and questions

  • Martyn Wade, Chair, FAIFE (Moderator)
  • Dave Banisar, Senior Legal Counsel, Article 19
  • Deborah Caldwell-Stone, American Library Association
  • Anthony House, Senior Manager, Public Policy and Communications, Google
  • Alison Macrina,  Library Freedom Project

19.15   Close


  • David Banisar

    Senior Legal Counsel

    Article 19

    David has worked in the field of information policy for nearly 20 years and was previously Director of the Freedom of Information Project at Privacy International. He has authored books, studies and articles on freedom of information, freedom of expression, media policy, whistle-blowing, communications security and privacy. He has also served as an advisor and consultant to numerous organisations, including the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the UN Development Programme and the Open Society Institute. David was a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Policy Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, DC. He has a Juris Doctor in law and public policy from The Columbus School of Law, at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

  • Anthony House

    Senior Manager

    Public Policy and Communications, Google

    Anthony currently specialises in policy development, crisis communications, strategic planning, product communications, execution, media relations, and executive communications at Google. Previous positions held at Google include Communications & Public Affairs Manager (2006 - 2009) where he managed Google’s UK technology outreach to national and geek media along with their Android & Mobile communications across the whole of Europe. He then went on to be their Public Policy & Communications Manager in 2010, where he lead their EMEA public policy strategy team, which provides expertise and support to field teams on policy issues relevant to Google and the internet. His team includes subject matter experts in many policy areas, including copyright, competition, data protection, cyber security, and economics.

  • Alison Macrina

    Alison Macrina


    Library Freedom Project

    Alison Macrina is a librarian and privacy rights activist based in Boston. She started the Library Freedom Project on the premise that intellectual freedom depends deeply on our right to privacy, and that librarians have a unique and vital role in the fight to reclaim digital privacy.

    To that end, Alison has brought together attorneys, technologists, journalists, activists, and librarians to preserve and uphold the digital commons and raise public expectations of privacy. She loves to write, teach, and travel to talk about privacy and surveillance.

  • Deborah Caldwell-Stone

    Deputy Director

    American Library Association

    Deborah Caldwell-Stone is Deputy Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. An attorney by training, she now works closely with librarians, teachers, and library trustees on a wide range of intellectual freedom issues, including book challenges, Internet filtering, meeting room policies, and the impact of new technologies and the USA PATRIOT Act on library privacy and confidentiality. She served on the faculty of the ALA-sponsored Lawyers for Libraries and Law for Librarians workshops and is a frequent speaker at library meetings. Before she joined ALA in 2000, she practiced appellate law before the state and federal courts in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her law degree with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.


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