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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 December 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Internet governance, Digital divide

25th Anniversary Year of the IFLA-UNESCO Public Library Manifesto

The UNESCO-IFLA Public Library Manifesto was last updated and finalised on 29 November 1994. 29 November 2018 therefore marks the start of the Manifesto’s 25th year!

29 November 2018 | Public Libraries, Access to information, Public Libraries, UNESCO, public library manifesto

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 November 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 November 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 November 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

IFLA celebrates open access week 2018

It’s Open Access Week! This year’s topic is “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”. It raises questions such as “How do we ensure sustainability models used for open access are not exclusionary? What are inequities that open systems can recreate or reinforce? Whose voices are prioritized? Who is excluded?”.

22 October 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Advocacy, Copyright, Open Access, Open Source

Build Skills, Fight Censorship: IFLA’s Response to Fake News

Misinformation online can both distort decision-making by individuals and harm debate across societies. Yet at the same time, the notion of a fight against ‘fake news’ is also serving as an excuse for repressive laws that curb free speech.

25 August 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), IFLA WLIC 2018, fake news, Censorship

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