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Library Privacy Week
October 21–25, 2019

Protect your digital privacy at Queens Public Library! Public workshops will provide tactics and tools to help customers protect their data and offer opportunities for in-depth discussion related to issues in data privacy.

Programs at the Library

Surveillance in NYC   

With new and emerging technologies being utilized to collect information about all of us at an ever-increasing pace, do we know the extent to which our movements, decisions, and feelings are being captured and studied? Explore the history and present-day functions of surveillance, and how NYC has been at the forefront of its push into our daily lives.

Friday, October 25, 10–11:30am
Central (Cyber Center Training Room)
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

Safety First   

Learn how your personal information is used online and what you can do to guard against cyber security vulnerabilities.

Thursday, October 24, 3–4:30pm
Central (Cyber Center Training Room)
89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica

Safe, Secure, and Online: Census 2020 Info Session   

Do you have questions about completing next year’s decennial Census? Learn about the history of the US Census, discover best practices for filling out your Census form online, and explore how QPL and city government are working to ensure that all New Yorkers are counted.

Thursday, October 24, 2–4pm
Queensbridge Tech Lab
10-43 41st Ave., Long Island City

Intro to Facial Recognition   

In this hands-on workshop, learn how facial and voice recognition technologies have been developed and are being used in many of our home devices. We’ll look at many of the ways we interact with these technologies in our cities, and what the future holds as they continue to advance. You’ll also get to test out facial recognition software with our live demos! 

Thursday, October 24, 5:45 -7:30pm
Queensbridge Tech Lab
10-43 41st Ave., Long Island City

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Library Privacy Week is brought to you by NYC Digital Safety: Privacy & Security, a new initiative to bring resources covering digital privacy and data security to the City’s frontline public library staff. With support from the City of New York Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, the project will ensure that NYC residents can rely on public libraries for their questions about internet privacy and security.