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Stay Safe Online? Go to your Library! IFLA Celebrates Safer Internet Day 2018

Libraries guarantees people access to knowledge through literacy, innovation and creativity. Through the work of libraries, users young and old are empowered to discover, better their lives and stay safe online. They guarantee a strong and democratic society and they enable an open and informed citizenry.

6 February 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Children, Internet access, Young adults

Libraries, Media and Information Literacy Only Sustainable Response to Fake News

Faced with growing concerns over fake news, the European Union launched a consultation on fake news, and how to fight it in November 2017. IFLA has responded, underlining that the only sustainable response is a literate, critical population. Libraries are essential in delivering this, and should be supported to do so.

2 February 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to knowledge, Information literacy, Europe, Media and Information Literacy (MIL)

Libraries Lead in the War on Information Poverty: IFLA Addresses UN Commission on Social Development

The sustainable development of our societies requires access to information for all, and libraries are essential to achieving this. Donna Scheeder (IFLA President, 2015-2017) underlined this point in her address to the UN Commission on Social Development on 30 January in New York.

31 January 2018 | Access to information, Development, United States, United Nations, Sustainable Development Agenda

IFLA at the Internet Governance Forum 2017

IFLA participated in the 2017 Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held in Geneva. The IGF is a global multi stakeholder platform that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. It is, in fact, a venue for exploring questions around the role of the Internet and our digital future in an inclusive and democratic manner. The theme of the 2017 edition was “Shape your Digital Future”.

16 January 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Internet access, Internet governance, Switzerland

Bringing Internet Access to All Libraries: Progress and Plans

When the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) set out principles for how the Internet should be run in 2003, the governments present fixed the target of connecting public libraries. When these targets were updated in 2010, governments underlined – all libraries should be connected to the Internet, in order to support a Web that works for all. IFLA's contribution to WSIS annual reporting reflects on progress made in 2017, and to be made in 2018.

8 January 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, IFLA and the Information Society, Internet access

European Parliament Research Underlines Library Role in Media Literacy

Libraries have long helped users to develop their capacity to spot where information is needed, and then to find it and apply it. A recently published research report from the European Parliament underlines how vital this role is in an Internet-enabled society.

4 January 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Internet access, Europe, Media and Information Literacy (MIL)

Libraries Protect Women's Cultural Rights

Cultural rights have long been recognised as a pillar of human rights, and women's cultural rights are no exception. A new paper from IFLA brings together lessons from a satellite meeting at last year's WLIC to show how libraries are working to defend these.

2 January 2018 | Women, Information and Libraries, Peace, refugees, Women’s issues, women, cultural rights

Accessible, Open, Empowering, Lasting: IFLA Engages on Internet Governance

IFLA will be attending this year’s annual Internet Governance Forum – the 12th edition – in Geneva, Switzerland. This is an important opportunity both to make the case for an Internet that works for libraries, but also to show how libraries can build a better Internet.

17 December 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Digital preservation, Switzerland, Internet Governance Forum, Internet Shutdowns, digital literacy

Human Rights Day 2017: IFLA welcomes the start of the 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner today wrote to IFLA members to mark the start of the 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

10 December 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Freedom of expression, Human rights

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