May 26, 2017

Coming Online This September: “The Impact of Access to Information on Our Societies” E-Forum

From a COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) Announcement: The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations  and COAR, are organising an e-forum on “Sustainable Development Goals: The Impact of Access to Information on our Societies” which will take place from 7-18 September 2015. This […]

Call on Congress: A New/Free Telephone Service to Access Info About the U.S. Congress

Yet another impressive, important, and useful service from the Sunlight Foundation! Kudos! The Sunlight Foundation created Call on Congress to help bridge the “digital divide” by giving anyone with a phone line a free and meaningful way to understand their government and hold elected officials accountable. The Call on Congress web page mentions that the […]

New FAIFE Spotlight Released: “The Library and Freedom of Information Revisited”

From the International Federation of Library Associations: During this spring and summer several new FAIFE [Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression] Spotlights will be released as a result of good international cooperation and impact of the Finnish research project led by Professor Kai Ekholm and granted by Helsingin Sanomain Säätiö, a media […]

Research4Life Expands Peer Reviewed Research Available to Developing World; More than 17,000 Resources Now Available

From Research4Life: Research4Life partners announced today that the content available through its collaborative public-private partnership has dramatically increased since 2011 to reach 17,000 peer reviewed scientific journals, books and databases. Research4Life provides over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries with free or low cost access to peer-reviewed online content from the world’s leading […]

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu Issues Policy Statement On Scientific Integrity and Importance of Transparent Access to Scientific Information

From the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, U.S. Department of Energy: In response to the White House memorandum asking all federal agencies to establish a scientific integrity policy, Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently issued the Secretarial Policy Statement on Scientific Integrity.  In it, Secretary Chu emphasizes the importance of the “free flow of scientific […]

New Database: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Puts 1000s of FOIA Requests Online

via TechPresident: The 20,000 documents posted online include, according to a press release, all answered FOI requests from 2011, more than 500 pages of 2011 board and committee presentations, numerous contracts between the Port Authority and private firms, as well as more than 300 pages of toll and fare hearing transcripts, as well as updated […]

Canada: Librarians Say Internet Cut Will Hurt Most Vulnerable Users

From the CBC: The Community Access Program helps 96 libraries in the province provide free internet access to members of the public. The Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association said the cut will hurt those who need the free service the most. “The NLLA is concerned that without CAP funding, people in rural and remote areas […]

FCC Approves Rules for TV Stations to Put Political Ad Information Online

From the Hollywood, DC Blog (via The Wrap): The Federal Communications Commission on Friday voted to phase in rules that local TV stations be required to put information about political advertising online. Under the rules, TV stations affiliated with the four top TV networks in the nation’s 50 largest markets will be required to file […]

Internet Filtering and Censorship: OpenNet Initiative Releases 2011 Year in Review

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The OpenNet Initiative is a collaborative partnership between the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; and the SecDev Group (Ottawa). From a Summary/News Release: The OpenNet Initiative is proud to announce the release of its 2011 Year in Review, […]

Video: World Book and Copyright Day Comments by IFLA President Ingrid Parent

April 23, 2012 is World Book and Copyright Day sponsored by UNESCO. Ingrid Parent, President of IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations), issued a video statement about the importance of books. World Book Night also takes place today. From a Text Summary of Parent’s Comments: In her video message, IFLA President Ingrid Parent addressed the […]