The Washington Post ran an article discussing a new study that confirms that knowing you might be surveilled in some manner causes one to suppress opinions, particularly an opinion that goes against the general norms of one’s society. This particular study focuses on how government or private surveillance, or just even the fear of that, of electronic communication influences people’s expression of opinions. But does it also affect people’s inquiry into unpopular or minority ideas?

As librarians, our institutions are often faced with a choice: we can either save all patron checkout history data or we can save none of…

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