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Placing Libraries at the Heart of Connectivity Strategies

IFLA has submitted comments on two sets of plans to boost internet access in Africa, underlining the importance of including libraries. By doing this, governments not only support affordable internet access, but open up possibilities to develop digital skills and give people a safe place to get online.

4 Junio 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Internet access, Africa

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.

11 Abril 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Internet access, Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries, Public Access

Protecting Privacy in the Modern Academic Library: An Interview with Mimi Calter

A group of unviersity libraries in the United States have signed up to a new Statement on Patron Privacy and Database Access. IFLA has interviewed Mimi Calter, Deupty University Librarian at Stanford, and Chair of IFLA's Academic and Research Libraries Section, to find out more about the thinking behind the Statement, and what it says.

9 Abril 2019 | Access to information, Privacy in libraries

Libraries for Human Rights: IFLA Contributes to Italian UN Human Rights Review

IFLA, working with the Italian Library Association, has provided input to the Universal Periodic Review of Italy at the Human Rights Council. The submission highlights the importance of access to information and education, as well as the rights of children, people with disabilities, refugees and migrants.

5 Abril 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Italy, Human rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Don’t Stop Half Way: IFLA Submits Input to 2018 Review of WSIS Progress

IFLA has answered the UN’s call for contributions on progress towards WSIS Action Lines and Targets. This process makes connecting all libraries to the internet a key priority. IFLA’s response highlights welcome recognition of the potential of libraries, but also worrying legal trends.

19 Diciembre 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital divide, Public Access, WSIS, World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

Partnerships in the Public Interest: IFLA Submits Initial Comments to UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation

IFLA has prepared an initial response to the consultation launched by the United Nations High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. This highlights the importance of action for access to information, and the need to involve libraries in discussions about the future of the internet.

12 Diciembre 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Internet governance, Digital divide

The 2030 Arab Librarians: Libraries and Development in the Arabic-Speaking World

As part of our International Advocacy Programme, IFLA supported a project led by the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) to develop and deliver an online course on libraries and the SDGs.

21 Noviembre 2018 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, Development, Egypt, Sustainable development, UN Sustainable Development Goals, Arab world

IFLA at the Internet Governance Forum 2018: Libraries Central to Building a Trusted Internet

The need to preserve the benefits of an open internet while finding means to address concerns about the way it works was high on the agenda at the 13th Internet Governance Forum, held in Paris from 12-14 November. IFLA was active, underlining how libraries do not only bring connectivity and training, but also essential values and skills to the discussion.

15 Noviembre 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, France, Internet access, Internet Governance Forum, Public Access, Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries

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.

14 Noviembre 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, France, Internet governance, Public Access, Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries, community networks, offline internet

IFLA at Mozfest, London 2018

Mozfest is the annual gathering of supporters of a healthy Internet: accessible to all, decentralized, creative and safe. This year there were many interesting talks and events for IFLA to be part of such as those on privacy, digital rights, privacy in oppressive regimes and inclusion and literacy.

7 Noviembre 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Freedom of expression, Freedom of information, Internet governance, Mozfest, Mozilla

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