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Choose Privacy Week 2023

Choose Privacy Week
May 2nd, 4th, & 5th, 2023


Libraries care about your privacy! The American Library Association created Choose Privacy Week to start a national conversation about digital privacy and safety, offering tools and resources to think critically and make more informed choices about personal online privacy and safety. The week of May 1st, UW Libraries' Open Scholarship Commons will offer two online sessions designed to help students, faculty, staff and the community at large develop a better understanding of assessing your own digital safety, including simple changes you can make to safeguard your personal privacy along with a workshop on navigating the legalease of Terms of Service agreements followed by a hack-a-thon to examine and rate terms of service and privacy policies of online tools commonly used for research and in classroom settings. See more details on each of these workshops and join us for Choose Privacy Week!

Program Information:

Reading the Fine Print: a Workshop + Hack-a-thon on Privacy and Terms of Service for Common Research and Classroom Tools

Do you click accept without fully reading the terms of service for research or classroom tools? Have you tried to understand the privacy policies of tools you use for research/courses but get lost in the legalese? If so, this workshop is for you! Designed for students, instructors, and researchers alike, this online workshop will help you navigate common language used in Terms of Service and Privacy Policies and will offer Terms of Service; Didn’t Read as a framework for reviewing agreements. The workshop will end by applying your new-found knowledge in a Terms of Service Hack-a-thon, examining and rating commonly used tools in research and coursework. Help us uncover which tools make the grade with privacy-friendly Terms of Service!

Your Digital Self: Assessing and Thinking Through Your Online Safety

You live a lot of your life online, both personally and as a student. And that means there’s a lot of your personal data available to be found. This one-hour online workshop will offer some tools for assessing your level of risk and resources for plugging the leaks, on your computer and your phone. Among other issues, we’ll look at how to “harden” your browser, how to limit the visibility of online searches, why 2- and multi-factor authentication is worth the bother, and how to make your scholarly tools (e.g., shared docs & citation managers) be less leaky. A resource sheet will be provided.


Automated captioning will be provided for all large-group sessions. The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at dso@u.washington.edu.