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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

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

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

How To Spot Fake News - IFLA in the post-truth society

Discussions about fake news has led to a new focus on media literacy more broadly, and the role of libraries and other education institutions in providing this.

1 February 2017 | Access to information, Information literacy, fake news, post-truth, IFLA and the information society, infographic

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