README advocates for digital rights including privacy, security, access, and intellectual freedom within libraries, archives, and information work. Initiated by UCLA MLIS students in 2016, README also welcomes IS PhD students and faculty and seeks bridges to other organizations on the UCLA campus and in its libraries.

We are proud to be a member of the Electronic Frontier Alliance and to endorse its principles:

Free Expression:
People should be able to speak their minds to whoever will listen.

Technology should be trustworthy and answer to its users.

Technology should allow private and anonymous speech, and allow users to set their own parameters about what to share with whom.

Technology should promote progress by allowing people to build on the ideas, creations, and inventions of others.

Access to Knowledge:
Curiosity should be rewarded, not stifled.

We uphold these principles by fighting for transparency and freedom in culture, code, and law.