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A Unique Potential, A Real Responsibility: Libraries Mark Human Rights Day 2019

Today is Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. To help libraries and others reflect on the state of fundamental rights where they are, IFLA has released its Intellectual Freedom Checklist.

10 December 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Human rights, Intellectual freedom

IFLA at IGF 2019

Between 25 and 29 November 2019, IFLA participated in the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum meeting in Berlin. The key messages IFLA emphasised were the importance of policy support for public access in libraries, the role of libraries in enabling meaningful connectivity, and in generating meaningful internet content through digitisation efforts.

2 December 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Germany, Internet governance, IGF, Public Access, Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries

A Look Ahead to the 2019 Annual Internet Governance Forum Meeting

Between 25 and 29 November, 2019, IFLA will be taking part in the 14th annual Internet Governance Forum meeting in Berlin. IFLA has participated in IGF events since 2008; and we continue our involvement in policy discussions relevant for the library field: public internet access facilities, digital and information literacy, intellectual freedom in the digital sphere, and many others.

21 November 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital divide, Digital inclusion

IFLA Input to 2019 WSIS Review

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process is a UN-based initiative to bridge the digital divide, foster an inclusive information society and promote the use of ICT for development. Libraries have an important role to play in achieving these goals, and IFLA has been actively involved with the WSIS process since its first phase in Geneva in 2003. This includes contributing to annual reports to take stock of the progress made towards the WSIS Action Lines and Targets – and the 2019 IFLA submission is now available!

1 November 2019 | Access to information, Digital inclusion, Public Access

Libraries Defending and Delivering on Fundamental Rights in Croatia and the United States

IFLA has worked with FAIFE committee members from Croatia and the United States to prepare submissions for the Universal Periodic Reviews organised by the UN Human Rights Council.

8 October 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Human rights

The Human and the Algorithm: Response to Council of Europe’s Draft Recommendation on Human Right Impacts of Algorithmic Systems

In July 2019, the Council of Europe invited public feedback on its draft recommendation on the human rights impacts of algorithmic systems. IFLA, through its Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Information, has responded, highlighting the issues and priorities of libraries.

17 September 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital inclusion, Human rights

Now available: Educational Technologies and Student Data - Briefing for Libraries

The use of technology in education is growing, and a new class of technologies has emerged that relies on tracking and analysing vast amounts of student behavioural data. The position of libraries in educational ecosystems means that they may well, both directly and indirectly, come across this trend. This briefing outlines the key ethical and security concerns for libraries to consider, and suggests some ways for libraries to promote responsible and ethical use of Edtech.

30 July 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Education, Freedom of expression, Privacy in libraries

Now available: summary of Mozilla's 2019 Internet Health Report

The Mozilla Internet Health Report is an annual publication which brings together information and reflections about key issues facing the internet today. The report therefore offers a great basis for thinking within the library field about issues around the way we access, share and create information.

24 July 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Digital divide, Internet access, digital literacy

Now available: summary of UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel Report on Digital Cooperation

The UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation report "The Age of Digital Interdependence" outlines key issues and offers recommendations for building an inclusive digital future. Several messages and recommendations the report puts forward are directly relevant for libraries.

17 July 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Digital inclusion, Internet governance

IFLA at EuroDIG 2019

The 2019 edition of the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) took place in The Hague from 19-21 June. This year, IFLA was involved in organising a panel on the European Copyright Reform, and attended a number of sessions and workshops to see how the latest developments in the sphere of internet policies can affect the library field.

25 June 2019 | FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), Access to information, Digital divide, Freedom of information, Information society, Netherlands, Conference, Data Literacy, Internet governance

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