Monthly Archive for December, 2017

Libraries, Internet Access and Peace

IFLA was lucky enough to be present at a breakfast meeting organised by the European Internet Forum earlier this month, hosted by Julie Ward MEP. Please find below the transcript of our intervention: I have one of the ‘difficult’ SDGs to talk about – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. SDG […]

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IGF Day 4: Signing Off

  The final day of the IGF offered an opportunity to wrap up debates for 2017, and reflect on how to make use of the coming months.   IFLA attended sessions focusing on ‘publicness’ – the degree to which the Internet is redrawing the boundaries between the public and private […]

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IGF Day 3: Interconnections and Inclusion

On the third day of the IGF proper, IFLA had the opportunity to join with the coordinators of the IGF’s Dynamic Coalitions – self-organised groups of people from civil society, governments and business interested in finding practical solutions to some of the challenges posed by the Internet.   There’s a […]

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IGF Day 2 Blog: Public Access, Long-Term Access

The second formal day of the IGF was the busiest so far for IFLA, with a session on Public Access in Libraries, and a lightning talk on digital preservation.   Public access in libraries plays a vital role, not only in bringing people online for the first time, but also […]

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IGF Day One: Global Conventions and Local Interventions

With the 12th edition of the IGF officially underway, Monday saw the first formal sessions. It was an opportunity for the biggest thinkers – and the biggest actors from business, government and civil society – to offer their assessment of how the Internet was working, and what needed to change. […]

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IGF2017 Day Zero: Is the Internet Broken, and Can It Be Fixed?

The Internet certainly is making it possible to deal with problems associated with distance and distribution costs, notably when it comes to access to information. To use an analogy used by Vint Cerf, one of the founders of the Internet, it is a power tool. However, when a power tool […]

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Member, Partner, Host: Libraries and Civil Society

Libraries play a major role in supporting the development of literate, informed, and participatory communities. They in turn benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of individual users. Strong societies and strong libraries go together. They can also have an important role in partnering with civil society organisations, such as charities, […]

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