Tag Archive for 'privacy'

Living in Interesting Times – Three Key Debates in Information Politics

Information has long been political – who has it, who should have it, and how can it be used to shape decision-making. However, it is only relatively recently that this has been recognised. On the philosophical side of things, much comes from the work of thinkers such as Michel Foucault, […]

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1 Day to Human Rights Day: Bringing Rights Together

In the last of our series of blogs in the run up to Human Rights Day, we’re looking at situations where different human rights risk being in tension with each other. We argue that in a number of key areas of potential clash, the work, professionalism and ethics of librarians […]

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5 Days to Human Rights Day: Celebrating Privacy

The third in our series of daily blogs leading up to the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights focuses on privacy. It underlines the vital role that libraries play in protecting and enhancing privacy for all. Privacy is a fundamental human right enshrined in Article 12 of the […]

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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: Intersectionality

Foreword The High Level Political Forum is an overwhelming experience, with enough events taking place at the same time to make planning your day full of hard choices. But in addition to the number of events, getting to grips with the words, the vocabulary used in discussions can be a […]

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Responding to Cambridge Analytica – The Role of Libraries

Recent stories about the activities – the misdeeds – of Cambridge Analytica have provided an illustration of the power of information. It is true that digital technologies and techniques allowing the ‘mining’ of data have opened up unprecedented opportunities to gain understanding of our environment, and ourselves. Just as it […]

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Data Privacy Day: Call the Information Specialists!

Libraries are specialised in preserving, storing and giving access to information. They have long understood its power to drive research, creativity, and development. And they have done so since long before terms such as knowledge management, evidence-based policy-making, or anything ‘smart’ were invented.   It is this understanding that also […]

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