Tag Archive for 'Internet'

An Internet of Trust vs an Internet of Confidence

While the optimism and ambition that helped create the internet are still plentiful, recent years have seen a rise in the feeling that it has brought both good and bad. Fortunately, and despite dramatic headlines in newspapers and speeches by politicians, it seems that for now it is realism rather […]

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Attack of the Zombie Library Clichés

Libraries and librarians are the subject of a rich set of clichés. Simply searching for ‘librarian stereotype’ on Google offers plenty of choice, and ‘Librarians in popular culture’ has its own Wikipedia page. Not all of these are negative by any means. The focus on detail, the quiet, the books […]

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World Habitat Day 2018

Urbanisation – the growing share of the world’s population living in cities – is a major feature of the world today. From 55% today, over two thirds of all people are expected to live in major built-up areas by 2050. Yet urbanisation brings its challenges. Congestion, waste management, broken and […]

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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 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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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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Making Libraries Heard at the Continental Scale

By Mandiaye Ndiaye, IFLA International Leaders Programme associate The beautiful town of Sharm El Sheikh is hosting, from 4-6 December, with the support of the Egyptian National Telecommunications Regulation Authority, the 6th African Internet Governance Forum (AIGF). The general theme this year is ‘Making for an inclusive digital transformation in […]

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