Digital Life Decoded: A user-centered approach to cyber-security and privacy

Tuesday, 12/12/2017
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)

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The current technological and political landscapes have re-ignited conversations and concerns around digital security, privacy, and media literacy. Individuals are generally concerned about these issues, but often take a passive approach to their online interactions and identities. To build a foundation for meaningful and sustainable programs that support the development of broad-based technological, media, and data literacies, a cross-departmental team of NCSU Librarians investigated what digital privacy means to students through user research and short-form pop-up programs. Branded as “Digital Life Decoded,” this project is grounded in substantial user research done in the spring of 2017 that identified three specific issues that students were concerned about: hacking of personal information, consent for use of information, and understanding how their information would be shared. Findings from the user research informed the content and design of short form pop-up programming, and will further inform the development of longer-form workshops and events. 
This 90 minute webinar will cover the process of development, including user research methods and project management. The bulk of the session will be spent walking through the 3 interactive activities from the pop-up programs. The activities raise questions about everyday interactions with digital ecosystems and promote critical thinking about one’s own responsibility and power within. In addition to sharing methods and lesson learned, this webinar aims heighten the conversation about our professional and personal roles in leading cyber-security and privacy.

Learning Outcomes

Learning objectives for this program include:
  • Apply processes for developing user-centered content.
  • Discover and evaluate instructional tools and methods for engaging with issues of digital privacy and security.
  • Develop and sustain personal understandings of digital literacies as a foundation for guiding practices

Who Should Attend

Library Instructional Librarians, Subject Liaisons


Hannah Rainey
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Hannah Rainey, Libraries Fellow, North Carolina State University, holds a MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from Wellesley College. As a Libraires Fellow at North Carolina State University, Rainey works on a strategic initiative for effective stewardship of library data, assessing library systems and practices for compliance with security requirements. Rainey provides workshops and instruction on topics such as data sensitivity, data security, data visualization, and literature research.
Sonoe Nakasone
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Sonoe Nakasone, Lead Librarian for Metadata Technologies, North Carolina State University, holds an MLIS from Pratt Institute in New York and a BA in Political Science and English from Howard University in Washington, DC. Nakasone is interested in how metadata can impact privacy. She was a co-organizer for Archive Your Activism!, a 2016 THATCamp hosted by UNC at Chapel Hill Libraries, for which she led a "play" session experimenting with privacy tools like Signal and Tor.
Will Cross
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Will Cross, Director, Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center, North Carolina State University, trained as a lawyer and librarian, speaks and writes on legal issues such as licensing and privacy, as well as on identity and communication in the digital environment. He has most recently led national webinars for NISO on scholarly identity and on OER assessment, for ALCTS on soft law agreements, and for ACRL on the intersection of copyright and information literacy as well as on best practices for archiving disappearing government data.



  • LITA Member: $45
  • Non-Member: $105
  • Group: $196

Adobe Connect login info will be sent to registrants the just prior to the start date.

How to Register

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Tech Requirements

Live, synchronous lectures will require attendee participation via internet audio. Attendees will need a wired, high-speed internet connection, and a headset or speakers.  It is recommended that attendees use headsets connected to their computers (VOIP) during an Adobe Connect session. All attendees are muted and should use the built in chat function to communicate with presenters.  The use of computer speakers with a mic is not recommended, as it may cause echo. The recommended browser is Mozilla Foxfire although other browsers should work adequately for attending.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,