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

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: 22 September 2016

Latest News

Applying the Right to Be Forgotten: IFLA Publishes Open Letter

With rapidly increasing volumes of information available online, search engines play a vital role in allowing library users to access knowledge. As such, any removeal of results from search queries should be the result of balanced consideration of the various rights in play. Universal application of right to be forgotten decisions, as demanded by the French data protection authority, risks jeopardising this.

24 October 2016

IFLA FAIFE Releases Statement on the Continued House Arrest of Natalya Sharina

Natalya Sharina, Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow, has been under house arrest since October 2015. Recent media reports, suggesting that her detention will continue at least until 28 October only underline the disproportionate and unnecessary nature of the treatment she has received. IFLA's Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression has issued a statement.

1 September 2016

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