POST: Why Digital Literacy Should Include Privacy Education 1

In a new post, Jessamyn West, librarian and author of Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide, responds to a recent article, published by the New America Foundation, about incorporating discussions of privacy into digital literacy training. West’s post highlights some of the more salient points of the article, “Joining the Surveillance Society? New Internet Users in an Age of Tracking,” and notes, “While I don’t agree with every aspect of the article, the thesis is strong and worth exploring. Only some of the classes mentioned are library classes.”

As the digital humanities explores the role of digital literacy in its work (see, for example, Cathy Davidson’s  “How Digital Humanists Can Lead Us To National Digital Literacy” and Elijah Meeks’ “Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship“), how much attention does privacy education receive in these efforts?


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This post was produced through a cooperation between Jefferson Bailey, Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Trevor Muñoz, and Ayla Stein (Editors-at-large for the week), Roxanne Shirazi (Editor for the week), and Zach Coble and Caro Pinto (dh+lib Review Editors).

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