Western University is located in London, Ontario.
Western’s librarians were so taken by [Library Freedom Project Founder Alison] Macrina’s presentation that they’ve turned on Canada’s first library-based Tor node. There is no clear law in Canada about libraries and Tor, and Macrina and the Western library folks say they’re spoiling for a fight.
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From the Western University:
“We know information privacy is important to our students, many of whom are currently or will be librarians or other information professionals,” said Sarah T. Roberts, Assistant Professor and an adviser on the project. “Students have been clamoring for opportunities to build their technical skills in this area, while also adhering to the principles of librarianship that support private and unfettered access to information. This endeavor unites both.”
Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) student and Computing Services Student Assistant Lindsay Taylor agrees. “Because today’s information exchanges are so reliant on the technological systems we use, I think it’s really important for information professionals to know how they work. We need to understand how privacy breaches occur, through surveillance and data insecurity, so that we can prevent them, for our patrons and for ourselves.”
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