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A Unique Potential, A Real Responsibility: Libraries Mark Human Rights Day 2019

Today is Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. To help libraries and others reflect on the state of fundamental rights where they are, IFLA has released its Intellectual Freedom Checklist.

10 Décembre 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Human rights, Intellectual freedom

One Librarian, one reference #1Lib1Ref 2020

In 2020, the Wikimedia Foundation is launching the fifth edition of One Librarian One Reference (#1Lib1Ref) which will be held from 15th of January to the 5th of February 2020!

4 Décembre 2019 | Access to information, Access to knowledge, IFLA and the information society

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.

2 Décembre 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Germany, Internet governance, IGF, Public Access, Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries

Palaces for the People: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Public Library Manifesto

Today we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the current edition of the Public Library Manifesto. This document, agreed by IFLA and the Member States of UNESCO, places public libraries at the heart of efforts to promote education, democracy and participation in culture.

29 Novembre 2019 | Access to information, Public Libraries, public library manifesto

A Look Ahead to the 2019 Annual Internet Governance Forum Meeting

Between 25 and 29 November, 2019, IFLA will be taking part in the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum meeting in Berlin. IFLA has participated in IGF events since 2008; and we continue our involvement in policy discussions relevant for the library field: public internet access facilities, digital and information literacy, intellectual freedom in the digital sphere, and many others.

21 Novembre 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital divide, Digital inclusion

UN Report on Public Spaces and Human Rights Highlights Place of Libraries

As public spaces, open to all members of the community, libraries enable people to exercise and enjoy their human rights. A new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights highlights this role, and the conditions for it to be realised. It provides a useful advocacy tool for libraries.

13 Novembre 2019 | Public Libraries, Library as place, Minority groups, Public Libraries, public library manifesto

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

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: 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

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