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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 Décembre 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 Décembre 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 Novembre 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 Novembre 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 Novembre 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 Novembre 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

Open, Transparent and Free: Libraries Defend an Internet that Works for Users at LACIGF

Given libraries’ contribution to expanding access – and reliance on the right laws and infrastructures – they have an important place in discussions about the future of the Internet. The Latin America and Caribbean Internet Governance Forum is no exception. IFLA’s representatives at the latest edition provided the following report.

22 Août 2018

IFLA Secretary-General Welcomes Naming of Michelle Bachelet as Human Rights Commissioner

Defending, promoting and respecting human rights is fundamental for libraries. IFLA strongly supports the work of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to identify and criticise abuses at the highest level. The naming of Michelle Bachelet to the role of High Commissioner offers hope that the pressure for improvement will grow stronger in years to come.

22 Août 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Human rights, Privacy, Freedom of access to information, Freedom of expression, Education

Internet for People: IFLA signs onto joint letter to G20 Presidency

IFLA has added its name to a letter to Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina and host of the G20 – a gathering of the governments of the world’s biggest economies. The letter sets out a number of areas where policy-makers should act to ensure the Internet works, first and foremost, for its users.

17 Juin 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Censorship, Argentina, Internet governance, Freedom of expression, Privacy

Getting to Grips with Information in a Digital Age: IFLA Joins Reflections at UNESCO Conference

The first UNESCO-IFAP conference on ‘Tangible and Intangible Impacts of Information and Communications in the Digital Age’ took place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia on 3-8 June 2018. The meeting took a long-term perspective on the implications of digital transformation on the way we learn, share and communicate. IFLA offered words of welcome, underlining the contribution libraries could make to such debates.

13 Juin 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Information literacy, Russian Federation, UNESCO, Media and Information Literacy

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