43 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 297 2019 Many New York City residents use digital technology nearly every waking hour of their day. From using email at work to browsing social media on the subway to streaming television shows at home, we are consistently delivering a wealth of data about who we are and what we do online to Internet Service providers and myriad online entities. This information can be utilized to influence our behavior, and, more pressingly, can be used against us in the event of, for example, a successful phishing attempt or a data breach.8 The NYC Digital Safety project received financial support from the City of New York and was overseen by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). It resulted in a set of online modules that are now freely available, not just for librarians, but for anyone to use. The topics cover a wide range of basic information, including: 1. Introduction to Digital Safety 2. Internet Technologies and the Information Flow 3. Who Collects Data Connecting Securely 4. Securing Accounts and Devices 5. Preventing Tracking 6. Avoiding Scams and Malware Minimizing Your Digital Footprint 7. Privacy and Security in the Library For more information see nycdigitalsafety.org. In late April 2019, METRO announced that it would be launching a second phase of this project, which will include updates to the existing online modules, a program to bring library staff together to implement a public-facing approach to online privacy, an NYC Library Privacy Week planned for the fall of 2019 and 2020, and a one-day Privacy Summit for New York City’s public library staff.
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