Hear Me Out: Online Security and Data Protection

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"Hear Me Out" with the "Hear" in colored thought bubbles

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will be hosting a ‘Hear Me Out’ discussion about online security and data protection.

There is a lot to talk about! This dialogue will discuss the ways that our data is used in daily life, navigating the online terrain of social media and weighing technological innovation with personal privacy. It will also highlight data protection measures that can be taken as an individual and as a community.

Have you ever noticed that when you shop for something online such as an area rug, ads for area rugs seem to show up on all of your social media accounts? I recently was online shopping for some new yoga pants. All of a sudden -tada!- my Facebook and Instagram accounts had ads for yoga pants and other yoga accessories.

Is an algorithm influencing how we shop, what we have for dinner, how we vote or other important decisions in our lives? How can we stop all of those ads?

What personal and community data protection measures are available to us? How do we prevent having our identity from being stolen? Register here for the ‘Hear Me Out’ discussion to join in the conversation.

You can sign up for a free library card here. If you are new to our eResources, check out these tutorial videos on how to get started.

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If you have any additional questions, you can contact a librarian through FacebookInstagram or Twitter. You can also call us at 412-622-3114 or email us at info@carnegielibrary.org.

Eyes & Spies: How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know

This book looks at the way information and data is collected and used by individuals, governments, companies, and organizations. Arguments for both increased security and increased privacy are offered, encouraging readers to think critically about the issues. Topics relevant to children are included, such as being tracked at school, cyberbullying, and online safety.