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Delivering Information for All: #1Lib1Ref Returns for a Second Time in 2018

#1Lib1Ref – one librarian, one reference – is the Wikimedia Foundation’s initiative to engage the collective knowledge of libraries to improve the quality and reliability of Wikipedia articles. At a time of worry about fake news, the need for broad access to reliable, fact-checked information – rather than censorship – has never been higher. IFLA encourages librarians around the world to take part.

25 May 2018 | CLM (Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters), Access to information, Copyright, Wikipedia, local content

IFLA Congratulates New Senior Staff at UNESCO

As the leading UN institution working on education, science and culture, UNESCO is a key partner for libraries. IFLA already engages with the institution across a wide variety of issues, from cultural heritage at risk to Internet universality. The announcement of four new senior appointments in key sectors – in education, culture and communications and information, as well as a new Deputy Director-General – is therefore a useful opportunity to reaffirm these relationships.

12 April 2018 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Education, Information literacy, Preservation, UNESCO

IFLA Provides Input on the Challenges to the Right of Privacy in the Digital Age

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights invited stakeholders to provide input on human rights challenges relating to the right to privacy in the digital age. Read IFLA's contribution to this fundamental topic.

10 April 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Freedom of expression, Freedom of information, Privacy in libraries

Education before Regulation: IFLA Engages at Fake News Workshop

As calls grow for governments to act quickly on fake news, many seem tempted to create ‘bans’ or regulation. However, simple solutions are rarely the best response to complex problems. At a workshop on fake news with European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel in 27 February, IFLA underlined the weaknesses of regulation, and the importance of education, as a way forwards.

1 March 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Newspapers, Europe, Media and Information Literacy, fake news

Offline Internet: Providing Access without a Connection

For around half of the world’s population, Internet connectivity is not a reality. Often, this is simply because there are no cables, or a good enough mobile signal, where they live. Cut off from information about jobs, education or healthcare, the lack of access risks compounding their marginalisation. A conference in Tempe, United States, looked at how library initiatives to provide 'offline Internet' can better help people bridge the information divide.

20 February 2018 | Access to information, Internet access, Social inclusion, United States

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

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