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Libraries at the Heart of Internet Governance Discussions in Latin America

The 10th Latin America and Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (LACIGF) took place in Panama City, on 2-4 August. LACIGF provides a space for multi-sectoral dialogue on the Internet Governance agenda for the region. IFLA was represented, highlighting how libraries can help tackle key issues facing the Internet today, from cost of access to educating Internet users about how to spot fake news.

7 August 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Internet access, Latin America and the Caribbean

Realising the Potential of Digital for Development: Not Without Libraries

As highlighted in the Development and Access to Information Report 2017, produced by IFLA in partnership with the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington, for access to information to be meaningful, people need skills and the right conditions. Libraries can play a unique role in delivering both, as highlighted in IFLA's submission to the latest call for examples on Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion.

1 August 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Public Access, Education, Gender equality, innovation

From Information to Development: IFLA Participates in 2017 Asia-Pacific regional Internet Governance Forum

For information to play a full role in helping people to learn, find work and live healthily, simply laying cables may not be enough. The way in which access to knowledge is provided strongly affects the impact it has in communities, especially those facing the toughest development challenges. At the Asia-Pacific regional Internet Governance Forum, IFLA set out how libraries can help.

29 July 2017 | Asia and Oceania, Access to information, Thailand, Development, UN 2030 sustainable development goals, Internet Governance Forum, Internet governance

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

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

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

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

Connectivity and Beyond: Libraries Help Build an Inclusive Internet

The Internet has already made a very significant contribution to providing access to information, a long-standing goal of libraries. With four billion already connected, more people can access more knowledge, more easily, than ever before. At a meeting in Washington IFLA highlighted the role of libraries not only in bringing the rest of the world online, but also in empowering people to make the most of the Internet.

1 May 2017 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Access to knowledge, Internet access

CNN broadcasts How To Spot Fake News infographic

This morning, CNN International picked up on IFLA’s infographic and broadcasted it in a Christiane Amanpour coverage of the Ukrainian news channel fighting fake news.

1 March 2017 | Information literacy, fake news, MIL

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