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IFLA Input to 2019 WSIS Review

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process is a UN-based initiative to bridge the digital divide, foster an inclusive information society and promote the use of ICT for development. Libraries have an important role to play in achieving these goals, and IFLA has been actively involved with the WSIS process since its first phase in Geneva in 2003. This includes contributing to annual reports to take stock of the progress made towards the WSIS Action Lines and Targets – and the 2019 IFLA submission is now available!

1 Novembre 2019 | Access to information, Digital inclusion, Public Access

Libraries Defending and Delivering on Fundamental Rights in Croatia and the United States

IFLA has worked with FAIFE committee members from Croatia and the United States to prepare submissions for the Universal Periodic Reviews organised by the UN Human Rights Council.

8 Octobre 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Human rights

The Human and the Algorithm: Response to Council of Europe’s Draft Recommendation on Human Right Impacts of Algorithmic Systems

In July 2019, the Council of Europe invited public feedback on its draft recommendation on the human rights impacts of algorithmic systems. IFLA, through its Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Information, has responded, highlighting the issues and priorities of libraries.

17 Septembre 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Human rights

Now available: Educational Technologies and Student Data - Briefing for Libraries

The use of technology in education is growing, and a new class of technologies has emerged that relies on tracking and analysing vast amounts of student behavioural data. The position of libraries in educational ecosystems means that they may well, both directly and indirectly, come across this trend. This briefing outlines the key ethical and security concerns for libraries to consider, and suggests some ways for libraries to promote responsible and ethical use of Edtech.

30 Juillet 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Education, Freedom of expression, Privacy in libraries

Now available: summary of Mozilla's 2019 Internet Health Report

The Mozilla Internet Health Report is an annual publication which brings together information and reflections about key issues facing the internet today. The report therefore offers a great basis for thinking within the library field about issues around the way we access, share and create information.

24 Juillet 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Digital divide, Internet access, digital literacy

Now available: summary of UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel Report on Digital Cooperation

The UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation report "The Age of Digital Interdependence" outlines key issues and offers recommendations for building an inclusive digital future. Several messages and recommendations the report puts forward are directly relevant for libraries.

17 Juillet 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Digital inclusion, Internet governance

IFLA at EuroDIG 2019

The 2019 edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) took place in The Hague from 19-21 June. This year, IFLA was involved in organising a panel on the European Copyright Reform, and attended a number of sessions and workshops to see how the latest developments in the sphere of internet policies can affect the library field.

25 Juin 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital divide, Freedom of information, IFLA and the Information Society, Netherlands, Conference, Data Literacy, Internet governance

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

Access to Information Online: Towards an Adequate Transposition of Art. 17 in Europe

The European Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was recently published in the official journal, marking its entry into force and the start of the implementation process. Civil society organizations defending freedom of expression and freedom of access to information online, among which IFLA, have come together to request an inclusive stakeholder dialogue throughout implementation.

27 Mai 2019 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Advocacy, Copyright, Freedom of expression, Freedom of information, Internet governance, Europe

Call for nominations: Chair of IFLA Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) – term of office August 2019 – August 2021

IFLA has issued a call for nominations for the Chair of its Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression. Only National Library Associations who have paid their Membership dues for 2018 in full are eligible to nominate. Interested candidates should contact their associations.

17 Avril 2019 | Access to information, Freedom of expression, FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression)

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