IFLA coordinates the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).
In order to help get the next 4 billion online, libraries will need support from governments, international organisations, businesses and civil society groups.
Now, after over sixty events in thirty countries spread across all continents, and translation into fourteen languages, the Trend Report 2016 Update shares the results of these discussions. It builds on the experience, insights and imagination of IFLA’s members, adding a new layer of understanding.
This session will give an overview of IFLA's advocacy for public access to the Internet in regional and global Internet Governance Forums, and an introduction to the Global Connect Initiative, a programme launched by the U.S. State Department in September 2015 with the purpose of bringing 1.5 billion people online by 2020.
The IFLA President’s Session will focus on how libraries have been responding to the continual changes in the information environment. Four high-level speakers will present keynote thoughts on how emerging trends since the launch of the IFLA Trend Report in 2013 have continued to pose challenges and opportunities for the information sector, and how innovative actors are responding to those challenges with new services and approaches to information provision.
Internet governance stakeholders got together and deliberated on solutions for connecting the world’s next billion users to the internet - public access in libraries, schools, and other public institutions topped the list.
“Government should invest in public Internet access points, especially in schools, libraries and other social service venues” states new report by the Global Commission on Internet Governance.
The Outcome Document reaffirms the commitment to the vision of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2015, with the theme ‘Evolution of Internet Governance: Empowering Sustainable Development,’ took place in João Pessoa, Brazil, from 10-13 November, with 2,400 onsite participants and additional remote participation. The barriers to increasing access to information as identified in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was a frequent focus of conversation.
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope...” – Kofi Annan
IFLA invited a team of chief librarians, researchers and experts in the field of development, information communication and technologies (ICT) and communication and knowledge management from the Asia Pacific region to lead the panel discussion.
On 4-5 June, IFLA participated in EuroDIG 2015: Shaping the Internet Together through three panels that discussed equal access to the Internet, the role of libraries in facilitating access, and the opportunities of the EU copyright reform process.
IFLA attended the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2015, held in Geneva from 25–29 May.
IFLA co-signs Statement on the occasion of the 18th session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development7 May 2015
Right to Know Day - Urge the UN to enshrine the importance of free expression in the Post-2015 Agenda28 September 2014
Today, 28 September 2014, is Right to Know Day.
The 9th Internet Governance Forum takes place this week in Istanbul at a time when Internet Governance experts are debating how best to shape the future of the Internet.