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Building a strong library voice in Internet Governance: interview with Bibliosuisse

From digital inclusion to media literacy, libraries have long worked to help build a more equitable digital ecosystem that everyone could access and benefit from. Libraries’ expertise can offer valuable insights to today’s internet governance and policy discussions – and more and more informational professionals are joining these dialogues and platforms. Read More

  • News
  • 14 September 2021

IFLA at IGF 2019

Between 25 and 29 November 2019, IFLA participated in the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum meeting in Berlin. The key messages IFLA emphasised were the importance of policy support for public access in libraries, the role of libraries in enabling meaningful connectivity, and in generating meaningful internet content through digitisation efforts. Read More

  • News
  • 02 December 2019
  • By: anonymous

Get Connected: Public Access Policy Toolkit

Connecting libraries offers a great way of bringing more people online, and providing a space where they can develop the skills and confidence necessary to get the most out of the Internet. The new Public Access Policy Toolkit looks at the different policy areas where libraries may need to advocate to make this happen. Read More

  • News
  • 11 April 2019
  • By: anonymous

Get Connected: Public Access Policy Toolkit

The Public Access Policy Toolkit looks at the different policy areas where libraries may need to advocate to ensure that all our institutions can provide internet access to their users. With much progress still needed to ensure that all libraries are connected to the internet, IFLA has… Read More

  • Publications
  • 11 April 2019

A Unique Role: Libraries’ Contribution to Internet Connectivity

With half the world's population still offline, the need for meaningful solutions to ensure that everyone has the possibility to connect is as high as ever. While traditional commercial provision will have a role, alternatives must also be mobilised, not least libraries. This was the message of an event co-organised by IFLA in the margins of the Internet Governance Forum in Paris on 13 November. Read More

  • News
  • 14 November 2018
  • By: anonymous

Internet Governance Forum 2017

IFLA will be attending this year's global Internet Governance Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, highlighting the role of libraries not only in giving people access to the Internet, but also in helping them build the skills and confidence to get the most out of it. Read More

  • Events
  • 07 December 2017

Means, Don (2016): “Reaching the Rest of Us: Public Spectrum for Public Access” – Libraries lead in providing public access via TV WhiteSpace to help bring billions of new users into global digital conversation

A paper by Don Means (2016) presented at IFLA WLIC 2016 in Columbus, OH, in the session Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 81 – Division III Programme. Don Means, Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN), is an active partner in the Dynamic Coalition of Public Access in Libraries. Abstract: A promising global… Read More

  • Publications
  • 13 March 2017
  • By: Don Means

Internet Governance Forum 2016 Library Diary: Day 2

This was the day for our main session for the Dynamic Coalition for Public Access in Libraries, co-organized by IFLA and EIFL. People from different sectors came to talk about how to ensure public access to the Internet, including Vint Cerf from Google and Carolina Rossini from Facebook. In the auditorium we also had people from Wikipedia and from the Internet tech and policy community, and we discussed participation in national and regional forums. Read More

  • News
  • 09 December 2016
  • By: anonymous

11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be holding its 11th annual meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 6 to 9 December 2016. The IGF is a multistakeholder space for dialogue regarding policies convened in 2006 by the United Nations General Secretariat. With the UN’s renewal in December… Read More

  • Events
  • 30 August 2016