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EU Digital Assembly 2017 – Libraries As Relevant As Ever in the Internet Age

This year’s European Digital Assembly took place in Malta, bringing together representatives of the EU, national governments, business and civil society. It focused on the opportunities and challenges raised by the development of the digital economy, and how policy makers should respond. Libraries have a clear role in ensuring that the Internet develops in a way that benefits everyone.

25 June 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Digital divide, Malta, digital literacy, Internet governance

IFLA marks World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions wishes to highlight the richness and vibrancy of an inclusive and open society by reminding how libraries play an integral role in democratization and integration. IFLA believes that open societies are healthy societies and that libraries guarantee basic human rights by enabling access to information and knowledge for all.

20 June 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Immigrants, Multicultural populations, Social inclusion, refugee

Open Access, Public Access, Meaningful Access: Libraries heard at WSIS Forum and Human Rights Council

Article 19 of the Universal Convention on Human Rights offers freedom of access to information for all. IFLA’s presence at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2017 and the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council allowed delegates to hear the library perspective on three aspects of access to information – open, public and meaningful.

19 June 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Censorship, Switzerland

Bring the Persecution of Librarians to an End: IFLA President Donna Scheeder on the Judgement in the Case of Natalya Sharina

Ever since her arrest in October 2015, IFLA has followed closely the case of Natalya Sharina, the former librarian of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow. Following the judgement in her case, IFLA President Natalya Sharina has made a statement, expressing IFLA's disappointment in the result, and calling for the end to the banning of books and persecution of librarians worldwide.

13 June 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Censorship, Russian Federation

Libraries, Human Rights and the Internet: IFLA Engages in Geneva

Libraries have a major practical role in giving their users access to knowledge and protecting their intellectual freedom. This week in Geneva, IFLA will speak at the World Summit on the Information Society 2017, as well as Human Rights Council consultations, in order to highlight this contribution to governments, business and civil society organisations.

12 June 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Freedom of expression, Internet access, IFLA and the Information Society, Switzerland

More than Wires: IFLA Highlights Role of Libraries in Providing Meaningful Internet Access at EuroDIG

With long established worries about the digital divide meeting rapidly growing concerns about fake news, it is clear that alongside the immense benefits the Internet brings, there are also challenges. IFLA attended the 10th European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) in Tallinn, Estonia, to underline what libraries contribute to the response.

9 June 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Digital divide, Estonia, Digital divide, digital literacy

Don’t Forget the Library Voice in the Right to Be Forgotten: Libraries Engage in Chile

The Internet has made information easier to share and access than ever before. As long as links remain live, it also means that age is not a barrier to discovery, with search engines able to sort through billions of pages in order to highlight results. This possibility makes a major contribution to the usability of the Internet. At the same time, there have been growing concerns about how easy it can be to discover information that people, for a variety of reasons may wish to consign to history.

8 June 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Privacy

Protecting Your Privacy? Go to the Library! IFLA Attends RightsCon 2017

Libraries have always worked to help people navigate the information environment. In a digital world, access to information and freedom of expression relies on privacy. Libraries have both the responsibility to protect this in their own operations, and the opportunity to help their users benefit from their right to a private life. At its first appearance at RightsCon, IFLA set out what libraries are doing in the field.

5 May 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Privacy

How Libraries Help Build a Safer Internet

Libraries have always been about giving people access to the knowledge they need to take on the world. The Internet can boost this, but only if people have the skills and confidence to be, and feel, safe online. To mark Safer Internet Day 2017, here are some examples of how libraries are helping.

7 February 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Children, Internet access, Internet Safety

Different Paths, Same Principles – Discussing Library Codes of Ethics

The work of libraries in providing access to knowledge is not a simple one. As well as much discussed constraints linked to levels of funding, staffing and copyright laws, librarians and library workers must also solve questions where fundamental rights and principles come into play. At recent events, FAIFE Chair Martyn Wade has shared IFLA's work on ethics and freedom of expression.

23 December 2016 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Freedom of expression, Croatia, Ireland, United Kingdom, Professional ethics, Code of Ethics

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