Values-based internet governance
IFLA argues in favour of rules that ensure that the internet supports and enables meaningful access to information.
With the internet central to the way that we create, share and access knowledge, the laws and practices that govern it are a core concern for our profession.
IFLA is therefore active in promoting the interests of libraries and their users in discussions around laws, regulations and other codes that will affect the possibilities people have to make the most out of the internet.
In particular, we oppose unjustified restrictions on access to content online, or other distortions of information flows. We also argue for maximum transparency around the way that decisions are taken about what information is displayed, and how, as well as meaningful possibilities for internet users to choose how information about them is used.
At the same time, with long experience of exercising professional judgement in managing and giving access to information, the library field itself has much to contribute to discussions about how the internet should work.
In particular, library and information professionals can be powerful advocates for the values of equitable and meaningful access to information, as well as showing how ethical principles can be applied to decision-making.
At the global level, IFLA engages at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Human Rights Council and elsewhere, as well as providing materials for our Members to engage at the national and regional levels.