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Hosted by GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, Privacy Week, running November 13-17, is a series of talks, workshops, and panels that explore privacy in the digital age. Open to the GW community and the general public, the events focus on responding to cyber violence, surveillance, and secure and encrypted technologies. Featuring the GW Law International Human Rights Clinic and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.


Pulling the Plug on Cyber Violence

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Gelman Library, Room 219

Students of the GW Law International Human Rights Clinic present an interactive workshop intended to help young adults understand the aspects, prevalence, and impact of cyber-violence. The workshop features helpful tips on preventing cyber-violence as well as information on resources available to those who may experience cyber-violence.

The ‘Employer Big Brother’ and Social Media Privacy in the Workplace: Examining the Regulatory Challenges in China

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Gelman Library, Room 702

Dr. Mimi Zou is the Edwards Fellow in Chinese Law at Columbia Law School. Dr. Zou will present a talk based on her forthcoming article, "The ‘Employer Big Brother’ and Social Media Privacy in the Workplace: Examining the Regulatory Challenges in China."

Although many popular social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are blocked in China, platforms such as Weixin (WeChat), QQ, and Weibo are becoming increasingly popular. What new economic risks does this pose for workers whose employers and prospective employers may be monitoring their social media communications. What laws are in place to protect workers, and how have recent cases fared in the courts? 

In this talk, Dr. Mimi Zou will explore privacy and data protection laws in China and their impact on employer access to employees' social media communications.

Understanding Encryption

Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Gelman Library, Room 219

The term "encryption" is thrown around almost as frequently as "cyber" in discussions of privacy and policy. But what exactly is it, and why is it necessary for modern technology?

Encryption will keep networks hackers from your credit card information, and protect the contents of a stolen laptop. It lets journalists protect sources, and protects some parts of web browsing history from prying eyes. It's a core functionality of modern life.

Yet despite its ubiquity, its secrets seem reserved for experts. But achieving a foundational understanding doesn't require a PhD in cryptography. In this talk, Erica Portnoy, staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, will cover the basics of the hows and whys of encryption. What are the different places where encryption is used, and how do they differ? What can encryption protect you from? What surprising things are actually possible, and why do they work? What are the hard problems, and where do the protections of encryption break in practice?

Workshop: Working with Secure Technologies

Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Gelman Library, Room 201 (STEMworks)

Building off Understanding Encryption, this hour long workshop will provide an introduction to tools at your disposal to keep your digital life secure and private. There is much discussion taking place about why privacy matters in digital contexts. After a brief overview about what information is being collected, by whom, and for what purpose, we’ll learn about various technologies that will help you protect your and others’ data. You’ll leave with an understanding of how to integrate secure technologies into your personal computing habits.

Rare Book Friday: Surveillance, Censorship, and Subversion

Friday, November 17, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Gelman Library, Room 219

A pop-up exhibit of original and unique artifacts, books, and documents from the GW Libraries Special Collection Research Center and the Global Resources Center will be on display, and staff will be available to discuss the materials and the context in which they were created and used. The materials will document and relate to themes of privacy, surveillance, governmental censorship, and creative acts of resistance that were employed throughout various historical moments. 

Attend a workshop onlineYour first stop to learn a new skill, improve your research, or manage and visualize your data is the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation workshop series. Many library workshops are being offered in real time via WebEx and you can participate fully in these sessions from your home, office, or anywhere you have a computer and internet access. Online or in-person, library workshops are free for GW students, faculty, and staff. Below is a list of upcoming workshops set up for remote attendance:

Research Data

Using the Open Science Framework for Digital Humanities | THU 9·21 | 12:30-1:30pm

Visualizing Data with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Finding GIS Data and Resources | TUE 10·24 | 6-8pm
GIS Interface Basics | TUE 11·7 | 6-8pm
Completing a Map & Cartographic Skills | THU 11·9 | 6-8pm
Spatial Analysis with QGIS | TUE 11·15 | 6-8pm

Build Your Skills

Google Drive: File Management & Beyond | TUE 10·10 | 1-2:30pm 

Lit Review How To Bootcamp

Monday, October 9

Basics of Graduate Research in Engineering | 10-10:30am 
Keeping Up with New Research  | 10:30-11am
Exploring Beyond Gelman: Advanced Research Skills | 11-11:30am 
The Logic of Citations: Understanding MLA, APA & Chicago Styles | 1-1:30pm 
Citation Chasing & Cited Reference Searching | 1:30-2pm 
Zotero In-Depth | 2:30-3pm 
Exploring the New Refworks | 3-3:30pm 


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