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Public Access in Libraries – Session in Columbus

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. Read More

  • News
  • 09 August 2016
  • By: anonymous

Public Access: Supporting Digital Inclusion for All

Public Access: Supporting Digital Inclusion for All. Maximising The Impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) For Inclusive Social And Economic Development. Briefing on Public Access for the WSIS+10 High-Level Event, 9-13th June 2014. Briefing written together with APC (Association for Progessive Communications) and TASCHA (Technology & Social… Read More

  • Publications
  • 22 July 2016

How Libraries Can Connect the Next Four Billion

Half of the world’s population lacks access to information online. In our knowledge society, libraries provide access and opportunity for all Around the world, public access to information enables people to make informed decisions that can improve their lives. Communities that have access to timely and… Read More

  • Publications
  • 22 July 2016

The Internet as a Human Right? IFLA Promotes Public Access at EuroDIG

The internet offers an invaluable tool for achieving the key objective of libraries – providing equitable access to knowledge and information. Librarians have been quick to seize the opportunity, offering not only physical access, but also training and specific resources online that help users learn, enjoy and explore. At the European Dialogue on Internet Governance, IFLA representatives argued for policies and practices that support them in this role. Read More

  • News
  • 14 June 2016
  • By: anonymous

The IFLA Position on Internet Governance

IFLA issued a Position on Internet Governance in 2005 in connection with the second phase of WSIS in Tunisia. As WSIS enters a review period in the run up to its assessment by the UN General Assembly in 2015, the IFLA Governing Board endorsed a revised statement… Read More

  • Publications
  • 15 March 2016
  • By: IFLA and others

Participants Discuss Public Access in Libraries at Internet Governance Forum 2015

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. Read More

  • News
  • 03 December 2015
  • By: anonymous