Tag Archive for 'Intellectual freedom'

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From Gatekeeper to Gateway to Gate-Opener: The Changing Role of Libraries (and How We Talk About It)

The emergence of the internet has undoubtedly revolutionised the information landscape, taking us from a situation of information scarcity to one of abundance. This has of course massively affected the role of libraries, which can no-longer claim any sort of monopoly on provision of access to information, at least beyond […]

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A Right to Anonymity?

With recent reforms in Austria set to remove the possibility to leave anonymous comments on the internet, the question of the right to anonymity is on the agenda. The justification for the reforms in Austria is concern about the rise of ‘hate speech’, and the sense that anonymity can give […]

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Going Beyond – Promoting Vulnerable Voices in Libraries

IFLA’s Intellectual Freedom Statement turns 20 in 2019. This is the first in a series offering perspectives, and raising questions, about its different provisions.    A recent TechDirt blog highlighted an effort by Cloudfare – one of the biggest companies offering content delivery services on the internet – to protect particular sites […]

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