Of Nuts and Sledgehammers: Why MEPs Should Choose their Tools Wisely in Copyright Reform

The European Parliament’s vote on the draft copyright directive next Wednesday is likely to be the last chance for transparent discussion on the substance of a reform that has been years in the making. It is also a last chance for libraries to reach out to and influence Members of […]

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Unsafe, Untrue, Unhinged? Libraries, Internet Platforms and Difficult Content

The ongoing discussion over how Internet platforms should deal with Alex Jones has provided a test-case for how Internet platforms should approach the question of ‘fake news’. Alex Jones – described alternatively as a performance artist and a conspiracy theorist, amongst other things – is known for making unsubstantiated claims. […]

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What’s on in copyright?

After our blog post Copyright for Libraries in 2018, we have engaged with the CLM network to keep up the effort of spotting copyright changes around the world. Here’s an update at the start of the second half of the year: The Marrakesh Treaty Recent Marrakesh Treaty ratification/accession United States, […]

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What’s On Online? Current Issues for Libraries in Internet Governance and Policy

The core mission of libraries is to provide people with access to information. With flows of information increasingly taking place online, our institutions have a major interest in the way the Internet works. In December of this year, the world will celebrate 50/50 – the point at which the share […]

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Words of the SDGs: Sustainability

As highlighted in our previous blogs about #WordsOfTheSDGs, the vocabulary that marks discussion on the UN’s 2030 Agenda if often obscure or jargonistic. A shared understanding of what these words mean does of course help governments and others communicate with each other in the corridors and meeting rooms of the […]

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The Robots are Coming? Libraries and Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) systematically tops popular lists of the most important emerging technologies. With a mix of fear and excitement, commentators seem to agree that it will shape the future, although not always on how. To borrow a definition, AI is ‘programming computers to do things, which, if done by […]

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Words of the SDGs: Rights-Based Framework

As the 2018 High Level Political Forum moved towards its conclusion, the focus was more and more on the language in the Ministerial declaration. The choice (or exclusion) of specific words or terms can seem arcane, but it is a powerful indicator of the model of development that the world’s […]

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