MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award – Preis für zivilen Ungehorsam zum Wohle der Gesellschaft

Ross Mounce schrieb in der Open-Science-Mailingliste:

Nominations are now open (until May 1st) for the first MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award

The award is a $250,000 prize that “will go to a person or group engaged in what we believe is extraordinary disobedience for the benefit of society. Specifically, we’d like to call out action that seeks to change society in positive ways and is consistent with a set of key principles. These principles include non-violence, creativity, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. We’re seeking both expected and unexpected nominees. This could include–but isn’t limited to–those engaged in scientific research, civil rights, freedom of speech, human rights, and the freedom to innovate.”

In my personal opinion I think Alexandra Elbakyan & the Sci-Hub/LibGen community are a STRONG contender for this award! But you are of course welcome to vote for any living person or group you choose to.

Go forth and nominate your heroes of disobediance!

US-Bibliothekare wehren sich gegen Überwachung

Alison Macrina und April Glaser beschreiben, wie sich “radikale Bibliothekare” oder “Ninja-Bibliothekare” dafür einsetzen, dass die Daten ihrer Nutzer geschützt bleiben:

Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications — and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.

Zum BoingBoing-Artikel: Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons’ electronic privacy.