Forwarded from the discussion forum of the International Federation of Library Associations/Americal Library Association.
Broadband as a Human Right
Date: May 4, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Description: The digital divide continues to exist worldwide while authorities debate the question: Is access to the internet a right or privilege? The current pandemic reveals just how critical reliable and fast access to the internet is for access to education, health care and the ability to work at home during this pandemic. The subsequent shutdown of libraries and social service agencies that provided access to those without it revealed the fragility of the safety net for those who are being left behind. The UN Sustainable Development Goals success is dependent on a connected and informed citizenry and access to broadband is essential. Should government broadband policy be rights based? What would it take to end the digital divide and insure access to broadband as a human right? Join us to hear how library and industry leaders are addressing this goal.
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