L’IFLA a publié l’année dernière une déclaration sur la neutralité du net, sujet auquel une session de la conférence annuelle était évidemment dédiée. Avec le changement d’administration, c’est un sujet qui revient sur le devant de la scène, et malheureusement pas de manière positive.
The Internet’s New Gatekeepers? Net Neutrality and Libraries – Copyright and Other Legal Matters (CLM) with Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE)
Net Neutrality is the term used to describe the principle by which all traffic – films, music, documents – is treated equally over an internet connection. It is threatened by actors who seek to give preference to one type of traffic over another, effectively restricting choice and determining which parts of the internet people will find easiest to use. Inevitably, the most powerful will be better placed to optimise the performance of their content.
For libraries, whose mission is to give access to knowledge equitably, the idea that access should be controlled or made harder for reasons which have nothing to do with fundamental rights is a worrying one. This session will explain more about what net neutrality is, and what it means for librarians and library workers, as summed up in IFLA’s Statement on the topic.