Libraries support citizens to be Linked Up and Literate in New Zealand

(10 November 2015) With the drive to deliver more and more government services online, libraries are also recognising their role in helping customers to become assured and competent users of digital services. The priorities and issues for libraries and cultural institutions will be discussed at a one day seminar: Linked Up, Loud and Literate: Libraries […]

November 10, 2015 - 4:13 pm

How good librarians have made themselves obsolete to some users

(2 September 2015)  Johannes Cronje, Professor of E-Learning and Dean of Informatics and Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology is among those who no longer uses libraries to do his work as a researcher and academic. Thanks to the hard work of good librarians he’s  convinced that he can do just fine without them. […]

September 3, 2015 - 8:12 am

How can we increase access to online services in Myanmar?

(31 March 2015) The few online services offered by the Myanmar government have yet to reach rural communities who have the most to gain because of their geographic isolation and limited resources. But those communities tend to have limited access to technology and internet, and although some government information is currently available online at ministry […]

April 1, 2015 - 9:09 pm

Free WiFi hotspots top 12,000 in Hong Kong

12 February 2015) The number of Wi-Fi.HK hotspots in Hong Kong has risen to more than 12,000 across the city’s 18 districts, providing convenient and free public WiFi services to the community and visitors. A total of 12 universities and tertiary institutions, plus Ngong Ping 360 have recently joined the scheme. Wi-Fi.HK hotspots are now […]

February 13, 2015 - 8:20 am

Going responsive: redesigning the Pao Yue-kong Library homepage and discovery tool at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

(23 December 2014) The Pao Yue-kong Library has recently launched a fully responsive redesigned homepage that is optimized for browsing on mobile devices of different sizes. Being the first among UGC-funded university libraries in Hong Kong to adopt responsive web design when developing its homepage, Pao Yue-kong Library aims to improve usability and user experience […]

December 23, 2014 - 1:36 pm

ITU releases annual global ICT data and ICT Development Index country rankings

(24 November 2014, Geneva)  Over three billion people are now online and information and communication technology (ICT) growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide, according to ITU’s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report. The report is widely recognized as the repository of the world’s most reliable and impartial global data and analysis […]

November 30, 2014 - 8:00 am

Half the world will be online by 2017

(21 September 2014, New York) Over 50% of the global population will have internet access within three years’ time, with mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets now the fastest growing technology in human history, according to the 2014 edition of the State of Broadband report. Released today in New York at the 10th meeting of […]

September 23, 2014 - 8:43 am

Australia eyes copyright act amendment to curb downloading; ISPs wary

(11 August 2014) The Australian government is seeking to amend its copyright act to address online copyright infringement. To that purpose, a discussion paper has been issued for public input until 1 September. The Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper released in July, makes a number of proposals to amend the Australian Copyright Act of 1968. […]

August 13, 2014 - 7:37 am

Which countries made most ‘right to be forgotten’ requests? Google reveals all

(31 July 2014) Google has revealed which countries have made the most requests for links to be removed from search results under Europe’s new “right to be forgotten”. The country with the most requests is France. 17,500 requests have been made under French law, involving around 58,000 URLs. Read the story by Rich Trenholm on […]

August 7, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Google ‘learning as we go’ in row over right to be forgotten

(4 July 2014)  Google has agreed to change the way it implements Europe’s new “right to be forgotten” measure after being criticised for being over-zealous in its approach to blocking results in name-based searches. More than 70,000 people have asked Google to delete links to articles about them after a ruling in May by the […]

July 7, 2014 - 11:31 am

Google starts scrubbing news articles from search after court ruling

(3 July 2104) Raising concerns about censorship and the freedom of the press, articles from major British news outlets are beginning to be removed from some Google search results after a European court ruling began allowing citizens to request their personal histories to be scrubbed from search engines. The Time website has the story about the […]

July 5, 2014 - 9:06 am

The right to be forgotten: balancing conflicting rights

(26 June 2014)  In a widely publicised case last month, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) applied the “right to be forgotten,” requesting that internet search engines, under certain circumstances, delist links to personal data upon request. The court’s decision establishes a contentious balance between the right to privacy and the public’s right to access […]

June 30, 2014 - 10:21 am

Chicago Public Library wins $400,000 for wi-fi access program

(23 June 2014)  The Chicago Public Library has been awarded $400,000 by the Knight Foundation for its initiative to expand internet access throughout the community. The library’s program, called Internet to Go, will test wi-fi hotspot lending in six neighborhood libraries. These libraries will loan devices for three weeks at a time and provide digital […]

June 29, 2014 - 8:18 am

YouTube launching paid streaming music service

(17 June 2014) YouTube said on Tuesday that it plans to launch a paid streaming music service, in partnership with “hundreds of major and independent” music labels. A statement by the Google Inc. owned company confirmed long-running rumors that the world’s most popular online video website would offer a paid music service. The Chicago Tribune […]

June 18, 2014 - 5:57 pm

The right to be forgotten

(14 May 2014) The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in favour of a Spanish gentlemen who objected to articles containing his name being retrieved by search engines. He requested the owner of the web pages and Google to have the web pages removed or altered. The detailed but easy to read […]

May 14, 2014 - 1:48 pm