IFLA World Library and Information Congress 82nd IFLA General Conference and Assembly 13–19 August 2016, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
"Reaching the Rest of Us: Public Spectrum for Public Access"
Libraries lead in providing public access via TV WhiteSpace to help bring billions of new users into global digital conversation
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On April 14, 2016, the World Bank and U.S. Department of State co-hosted a high level event at the World Bank Executive Board Room to support the Global Connect initiative, an effort to bring 1.5 billion online by 2020. The World Bank and U.S. Department of State were joined by Finance Ministers from all continents, along with technology CEOs, NGO presidents, and heads of the major multilateral development banks.
Two of seven GCI principles:
"We should encourage public access, as for example in public libraries and community centers, among others."
"We should foster digital literacy, enable and promote the development of locally relevant content, applications, and services as they are essential to widespread adoption of the Internet and increase its social and economic value to people, families, and communities."
Thursday, November 12, 2015 • 11:00 - 12:30
Libraries Connect the Next Billion
How do we ensure that we connect the next billion, in absence of technology and connectivity that can reach every individual, globally? The Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries believes that this will only be possible when we recognize the value of the institutions that we already have in our communities for connecting people and information: 320,000 public libraries.
The Dynamic Coalition is presenting a statement of principles for feedback during the 2015 IGF main sessions that proposes the critical role of libraries for connecting communities and individuals. In preparation for taking action on these principles, panelists at the DC-PAL workshop will discuss how organizations are connecting communities, and provide examples of actions that each stakeholder group can take so that libraries can realize their potential to connect the next billion.