Archives for 2012

UN Conference on the Internet

In Dubai, the latest meeting of the U.N.’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has closed. Among other things, delegates from 151 states debated regulation and control of the Internet. Here is the ITU’s official press release: http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2012/92.aspx The Economist comments: http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2012/12/internet-regulation For CNET News, Declan McCullagh writes: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57559034-38/u.n-summit-implodes-as-u.s-others-spurn-internet-treaty/ McCullagh writes here as well: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57559503-38/u.n-summits-meltdown-ignites-new-internet-cold-war/ For Forbes, […]

Freedom of Expression, Religion, and Access to Information

In Canada, several religious and secularist spokespersons recently expressed their thoughts about the balance—or conflict—between freedom of expression and freedom of religion. Their thoughts appear in the Ottawa Citizen: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/life/Religion+Experts+Does+freedom+expression+trump+freedom+religion/7668111/story.html The Centre for Law and Democracy ranks “the strength and effectiveness” of access to information laws around the globe. According to this organization, Canada ranks […]

New type of book challenge reported in Canadian libraries

OTTAWA — The Canadian Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee has released the results of its annual survey of challenges to library resources and policies in Canada for 2011. For the first time in six years of the survey, an entire genre of resources – graphic novels – was challenged for removal from a library’s […]

2012 Freedom to Read Week: Why It Matters!

Focusing Attention on Our Right to Choose For twenty-eight years, the Book and Periodical Council and its Freedom of Expression Committee have organized Freedom to Read Week (FTRW). This annual, national event reminds Canadians why we must remain vigilant in protecting our right to free expression — a right that is too frequently challenged to […]