The Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum is a regional platform for multistakeholder dialogue and collaboration around the way the Internet works and is governed. This forum offers libraries a platform to raise awareness around their work to support digital inclusion, engage in dialogue on Internet Governance policy and practice, and build partnerships with like-minded stakeholders from other sectors.

The theme of the 2020 APrIGF is “Internet Governance for Good: Norms, Standards and Mechanisms”. Digital inclusion, gender equality and diversity are among the key topics of the conference. To further explore these topics drawing on the experience of libraries in the region, IFLA has organised a workshop “Access to information: a holistic approach to meaningful digital inclusion”.

This workshop will focus on public internet access in libraries as a way to support meaningful digital inclusion across multiple dimensions: affordability, digital skills support and training, access to technology and access to relevant content.

It will draw on examples from Myanmar, Nepal and New Zealand to examine the policy and practice of public access in libraries. The session is organised by Winston Roberts, a Standing Committee member of the IFLA National Libraries Section.

Join this webinar to find out more and share your experiences with public access and digital inclusion initiatives on September 30, 05:15 – 06:15 UTC!

You can find out more about the session and see the full conference program on the APrIGF website.

Save the date, register for the 202 APrIGF and join the discussion!