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Privacy program includes 'Googlization' author, more

Library presents free program on privacy protection with noted author, more

Adults and families can learn how to protect their privacy in the digital age while helping their community during “Privacy in the Digital Age,” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 18, at Main Street Library.

 Privacy program includes 'Googlization' author, more

Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of Virginia professor and author of the new book, “The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry)”, will be one of the expert panelists addressing privacy issues in the digital age, 1-4:30 p.m., Saturday, June

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Newport News, Va. 2011 Apr 27

Adults and families can learn how to protect their privacy in the digital age while helping their community during a free special event at Main Street Library in Newport News.

The program, “Privacy in the Digital Age,” is 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 18. It includes a presentation by a noted author on privacy, a shredding truck, a panel discussion, and free booklets and other printed information. It is free and open to the public.

The panel discussion is 1-4:30 p.m. It includes a presentation by Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan, a University of Virginia professor, historian and media scholar, who will discuss his new book, “The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry).” Just released in March by University of California Press, his book was the cover feature of the Jan. 31, 2011, issue of Publisher’s Weekly magazine, where it received a starred review. In it, he explains, “How one company is disrupting commerce, culture and community.”

Also participating are Carolyn Caywood, a librarian and privacy expert who will discuss her experiences helping organizations address privacy issues, including Virginia Beach’s face-recognition cameras; and Vickie Gaffney, a representative of the Newport News Sheriff’s Office, who will discuss how residents can protect themselves from consumer fraud and identity theft.

Free materials available include official booklets and pamphlets from the Federal Trade Commission on talking with kids about online safety, avoiding identity theft, special information for military families, financial information and more.

Residents may bring papers to the parking lot of Main Street Library to be shredded by Shred-It of Hampton, 9 a.m.-noon, free of charge with a donation of two canned goods to the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula. Foodbank volunteers will be available to assist. Each person may bring up to three boxes or brown paper bags full.

This event is free and open to the public, and no registration required. Part of the Neisser Speaker Series, it is sponsored by the Library System’s Herbert H. Neisser Fund. Part of the Newport News Public Library System, the Main Street Library is located at 110 Main Street, Newport News, VA 23601. For more information about this program, please call 757-926-1357.

More about Siva Vaidhyanathan
Siva Vaidhyanathan is a cultural historian and media scholar at the University of Virginia. His book, “The Googlization of Everything” was released in March 2011 by the University of California Press. He has written two previous books: “Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity” (New York University Press, 2001) and “The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System” (Basic Books, 2004). He also co-edited (with Carolyn de la Pena) the collection, “Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007).

Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, including American Scholar, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine, MSNBC.COM,,, Columbia Journalism Review, and The Nation. After five years as a professional journalist, he earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Vaidhyanathan has taught at Wesleyan University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Columbia University, New York University, and is now an associate professor of Media Studies and Law at the University of Virginia. He is also a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Institute for the Future of the Book.

More about Carolyn Caywood
Carolyn Caywood became a librarian in 1972 when she graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.. She came to Virginia Beach, in 1979 to be the public library's Youth Services Coordinator. In 1984, she began managing Bayside Area Library and in 2000 also took on the NLS subregional, Special Services Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. She retired at the end of 2010.
Caywood led a task force of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table through the process of developing a deliberation framework for the issue of privacy. The task force used a wiki to collaborate and produced a deliberation guide. Caywood wrote a monthly column on library services to teenagers for School Library Journal from 1990 through 1998 and was honored by the New York Times as a Librarian of the Year in 2004. She received the 2006 Freedom to Read Roll of Honor Award and is a Fellow of the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement. Her professional interests are intellectual freedom, civic engagement, emerging technologies, and library service to young people and to a diverse public.


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