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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 August 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 August 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

IFLA launches a new Net Neutrality Toolkit

IFLA is launching an important tool for librarians: the Net Neutrality Toolkit. It provides a definition of terms and an several online tools to assess whether your connection has been throttled and what to do about it. Also, the links to several important partners in the battle to maintain Net Neutrality are highlighted for your convenience.

27 June 2018

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

IFLA at EuroDIG 2018

The Pan-European dialogue on Internet governance (EuroDIG) is an open platform for informal and inclusive discussions on public policy issues related to Internet Governance (IG). It was held in Tbilisi, Georgia on the 5th and 6th of June 2018. IFLA participated to the event and organized a workshop on Freedom of Expression.

14 June 2018

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 June 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

Inclusive Smart Cities: Not Without Libraries!

The growing role of technology in our daily lives can only be a force for inclusion if we have the tools necessary for everyone to benefit. In an event at the UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (UN STI Forum), IFLA President 2015-2017 Donna Scheeder underlined the role of libraries in ensuring no-one in our cities and communities is left behind.

6 June 2018 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, United States, Digital divide, inclusion

Global MIL Week is Coming! How Can You Get Involved?

Global Media and Information Week 2018 will take place from 24 to 31 October 2018, and provides an opportunity to discuss – and celebrate – the importance of skills as both a response to the challenges of a digital world, and an opportunity for people of all ages. IFLA is playing an active role in the preparation of the events, and encourages its members and the broader library community to get involved!

29 May 2018 | Information Literacy, Information literacy, Knowledge society, GAPMIL, UNESCO

IFLA at RightsCon 2018: “Digital literacy for all: how can libraries help?”

As the world’s leading conference on human rights in the digital age, RightsCon is opening its doors, taking place in Toronto on 16-18 May 2018. The event brings together business leaders, policy makers, government representatives, and human rights defenders from around the world to tackle pressing issues at the intersection of human rights and digital technology. IFLA President 2015-2017, Donna Scheeder will represent IFLA at a workshop titled: “Digital literacy for all: how can libraries help?”

16 May 2018

Declaración del Secretario General de la IFLA en la reforma mexicana de derechos de autor

Siguiendo la adopción de un proyecto de ley en México cuyas consecuencias pueden dañar la libertad de expresión y el acceso a la información, el Secretario General de la IFLA, Gerald Leitner, pide a los tomadores de decisiones que paren el proceso hasta que reciba una evaluación de impacto y consultas adecuadas.

4 May 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Censorship, Copyright, Mexico

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