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Internet Governance Forum through IFLA

13 November 2018 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 30 min

This year’s Internet Governance Forum will convene at UNESCO on 12-14 November 2018.

The Library will be hosting a panel discussion on the internet and libraries, ” A Comprehensive Strategy for Universal Internet Access.”

How Public Access Centers/Libraries, Community Networks and Offline Internet all combine to provide a solution to reach the billions of people not yet connected.

Even as the celebrations for getting half of the world’s population online approach, the need to reach the rest remains as strong as ever. The challenges will not get easier, with non-users of the internet often facing low incomes, remoteness or other barriers that stand in the way of the solutions which have worked to date. There is no easy fix, but a combination of approaches could, together, offer a formula to address almost any circumstance.

Public access centers such as libraries, community networks and/or even offline internet, offer just such a combination.

This panel will offer introductions to where and how these approaches can support and reinforce each other to Connect and Enable the Next Billions (CENB) with attention to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

The Partnership for Public Access (P4PA) strives to achieve “Universal Inclusion through Public Access.”


13 November 2018
19 h 30 min - 21 h 30 min
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