Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE)

The overall objective of IFLA/FAIFE is to raise awareness of the essential correlation between the library concept and the values of intellectual freedom. To reach this goal IFLA/FAIFE collects and disseminates documentation and aims to stimulate a dialog both within and outside the library world.

FAIFE works to protect intellectual freedom and freedom of expression. This work includes:

  • Publish reports, participate in national and international conferences and organize workshops.
  • Monitor the state of intellectual freedom within the library community world-wide and publish newsletters and online news.
  • Respond to violations of free access to information and freedom of expression and make press releases.
  • Support IFLA policy development and co-operation with other international human rights organizations.

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FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Strategic Programmes

Last update: 28 April 2015

Latest News

The Internet’s New Gatekeepers? Net Neutrality and Libraries

Net Neutrality is the term used to describe the principle by which all traffic over internet connections – films, music, documents – is treated in a non-discriminatory way. When it is compromised, users' choices are influenced or restricted. Come along to the joint FAIFE-CLM session on Monday 15 August at 1:45pm in Hall E at WLIC2016 to hear more about these issues, how they affect libraries, and IFLA's upcoming statement on the subject.

11 August 2016

Who's in control? Privacy, the Internet and Libraries

Day by day issues of privacy and the internet are becoming more pressing for librarians as digital services in libraries continue to grow. The FAIFE open session at WLIC 2016, on Tueday 16 August at 9:30am, gives you a chance to hear more about what is going on, and what you can do about it.

9 August 2016

The Internet as a Human Right? IFLA Promotes Public Access at EuroDIG

The internet offers an invaluable tool for achieving the key objective of libraries – providing equitable access to knowledge and information. Librarians have been quick to seize the opportunity, offering not only physical access, but also training and specific resources online that help users learn, enjoy and explore. At the European Dialogue on Internet Governance, IFLA representatives argued for policies and practices that support them in this role.

14 June 2016