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How Websites (including Medical Databases) Spy on Users

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Advertising-driven websites use tracking technologies to profile users and increase revenue. Medical, journals, databases, and even library catalogs deploy these tracking technologies, sometimes without realizing it. In this presentation, I'll lift the curtain to show you how tracking works, how you can detect tracking technologies, and how you can stop them "in their tracks".

Presenter Bio:
After 10 years doing physics research at Bell Labs, Eric Hellman got interested in electronic publishing, started an e-journal, started a company, built linking technology for libraries, sold that company to OCLC and worked there a few years, started blogging (at Go To Hellman), and finally decided that the important thing to do would be to make free ebooks work for libraries and everyone else (at, GITenberg, and the Free Ebook Foundation).

For the past two years, Eric has been raising awareness about "privacy leakage" in the internet services of libraries and scholarly publishers and has volunteered with the Library Freedom Project to promote encryption for library and publishing websites.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Jul 20, 2017
1:00PM - 2:00PM CT

Class Overview

KernelOfKnowledge_0.pngThe GMR Office provides one-hour training sessions on topics of interest to Network members several times a year. Formerly known as "Lake Effects", the new name reflects the GMR's current intitiatives for the 2016-2021 grant.