Washington DC's Public Library Will Teach People How to Use Tor
A new program out of Washington DC's Public Library will attempt to answer some of the most important questions about personal privacy and security in America today, as well as show people how to use Tor.
Privacy concerns seem to be the elephant in the room nowadays. Some people are taking action to make sure they secure their systems from prying eyes, while others hide away under the logical fallacy “I've got nothing to hide.” But Jason Koebler from Motherboard writes on a promising new program out of Washington DC's Public Library that wants to give people the tools to understand these issues, which also means giving them the tools to protect themselves from prying eyes.
As part of a 10 day series called “Orwellian America,” the library will attempt to give a balanced view on the issues that have made Americans ponder: how much of our personal freedoms are we willing to sacrifice in the name of freedom?
It will kick off with a screening of The Internet's Own Boy, a documentary about Aaron Swartz. Then move into a reading on George Orwell's 1984. The library also intends on moving beyond mere discussion and show its participants how to secure themselves online through the use of anonymous Tor software as well as enabling two-step authentication. The class will even show learners how to access public government files and track campaign finances, so you know where a party's message is really coming from.
The barrier to entry to learn all the security hacks on your own can often seem daunting--most people don't have the luxury of time to read through every forum or blog if they aren't tech savvy. Perhaps, open classes, like this one, will help people make good choices about the future of their information and their right to protect it.
Read more at Motherboard
Photo Credit: Samantha Marx/Flickr
Understanding thinking talents in yourself and others can build strong teams and help avoid burnout.
- Learn to collaborate within a team and identify "thinking talent" surpluses – and shortages.
- Angie McArthur teaches intelligent collaboration for Big Think Edge.
- Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
Rediscovering the principles of self-actualisation might be just the tonic that the modern world is crying out for.
Abraham Maslow was the 20th-century American psychologist best-known for explaining motivation through his hierarchy of needs, which he represented in a pyramid. At the base, our physiological needs include food, water, warmth and rest.
Using a new process, a mini-brain develops retinal cells.
- Mini-brains, or "neural organoids," are at the cutting edge of medical research.
- This is the first one that's started developing eyes.
- Stem cells are key to the growing of organoids of various body parts.
Does believing in true love make people act like jerks?
- Ghosting, or cutting off all contact suddenly with a romantic partner, is not nice.
- Growth-oriented people (who think relationships are made, not born) do not appreciate it.
- Destiny-oriented people (who believe in soulmates) are more likely to be okay with ghosting.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.