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Stuck in the Middle – Beyond Big Content vs Big Tech in the Copyright Debate

Today’s debates on copyright reform often look like the latest installment of the grand battle between Big Content and Big Tech.   In the one corner, Big Content – the publishers, record companies and film studios, including a number of multi-billion dollar firms – have seen their traditional distribution channels […]

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Recipe for Change: How Information Literacy Can Support Development

There is a big difference between a shopping list and a successful recipe. Access to the raw materials is necessary, but not enough to make a meal. Without an idea of quantities, how and when to add ingredients, and cooking times and methods, we don’t get very far. Much the […]

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IFLA@HLPF: Leaders’ Perspective Day 3 – #motorsforchange, even on a Saturday

Imagine – the UN was closed on Saturday! We’ve just got our #motorsforchange up to cruising speed, so we used our time wisely — with the promise of a memorable jazz session later in the evening at the famous “Showman’s” in Harlem. We were treated to some great Saturday workshops! […]

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IFLA@HLPF – Leaders’ Perspectives: Day 2

On our second day at the High Level Political Forum #HLPF we kicked off with a formal side event at the UN Church Center organized by the TAP Network — Beyond VNRs: Global Workshop on Civil Society “Parallel Reports” for SDG16. The TAP Network engages some of the foremost expert […]

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Researcher Beware: Being Constructive About Open Science

A recent infographic about text and data mining used the image of, well, mining to illustrate some of the key statistics about its use today. While not so many researchers in Europe are making use of it for now, there’s a broad interest in starting, given its strong potential to […]

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Everyone Can Develop, But Not Without Access to Information

Ten years ago, Oxfam launched a successful campaign based on the proverb: ‘Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime’. The idea is an easy one to understand – sustainable solutions to people’s problems come […]

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The European Union votes on the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty

The plenary of the European Parliament approved today the Directive and the Regulation that implement the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled. Member States will have a period of 12 after entry into force of the Directive […]

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