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Public Access Libraries Dynamic Coalition

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) are the organisers of this dynamic coalition which will create a space within the IGF to address Internet governance issues relating to public access. In particular, we hope that the dynamic coalition will enable a discussion to take place about how the existing expertise, networks and infrastructure offered by public libraries can contribute to the goals and spirit of the WSIS process.

It is our intention that discussions within the dynamic coalition will be truly multi-stakeholder: public libraries are funded by the taxpayer and embedded in government infrastructure, they are frequented by members of civil society and the entrepreneurs behind SMEs, and they frequently partner with the private sector to provide buildings and services. Any activities that we undertake will be focused on involved all of these groups.

We look forward to sharing information on web resources, activities at regional IGFs and the IGF in Brazil, the Beyond Access Campaign ( which is starting a movement to make libraries hubs for economic and social change, and other initiatives.

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