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Open, Transparent and Free: Libraries Defend an Internet that Works for Users at LACIGF

Given libraries’ contribution to expanding access – and reliance on the right laws and infrastructures – they have an important place in discussions about the future of the Internet. The Latin America and Caribbean Internet Governance Forum is no exception. IFLA’s representatives at the latest edition provided the following report.

22 August 2018

IFLA Secretary-General Welcomes Naming of Michelle Bachelet as Human Rights Commissioner

Defending, promoting and respecting human rights is fundamental for libraries. IFLA strongly supports the work of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to identify and criticise abuses at the highest level. The naming of Michelle Bachelet to the role of High Commissioner offers hope that the pressure for improvement will grow stronger in years to come.

22 August 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Human rights, Privacy, Freedom of access to information, Freedom of expression, Education

Internet for People: IFLA signs onto joint letter to G20 Presidency

IFLA has added its name to a letter to Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina and host of the G20 – a gathering of the governments of the world’s biggest economies. The letter sets out a number of areas where policy-makers should act to ensure the Internet works, first and foremost, for its users.

17 June 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Censorship, Argentina, Internet governance, Freedom of expression, Privacy

Getting to Grips with Information in a Digital Age: IFLA Joins Reflections at UNESCO Conference

The first UNESCO-IFAP conference on ‘Tangible and Intangible Impacts of Information and Communications in the Digital Age’ took place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia on 3-8 June 2018. The meeting took a long-term perspective on the implications of digital transformation on the way we learn, share and communicate. IFLA offered words of welcome, underlining the contribution libraries could make to such debates.

13 June 2018 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Information literacy, Russian Federation, UNESCO, Media and Information Literacy

Inclusive Smart Cities: Not Without Libraries!

The growing role of technology in our daily lives can only be a force for inclusion if we have the tools necessary for everyone to benefit. In an event at the UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (UN STI Forum), IFLA President 2015-2017 Donna Scheeder underlined the role of libraries in ensuring no-one in our cities and communities is left behind.

6 June 2018 | LDP (Library Development Programme), Access to information, United States of America, Digital divide, inclusion

Global MIL Week is Coming! How Can You Get Involved?

Global Media and Information Week 2018 will take place from 24 to 31 October 2018, and provides an opportunity to discuss – and celebrate – the importance of skills as both a response to the challenges of a digital world, and an opportunity for people of all ages. IFLA is playing an active role in the preparation of the events, and encourages its members and the broader library community to get involved!

29 May 2018 | Information Literacy, Information literacy, Knowledge society, GAPMIL, UNESCO

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

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