FAIFE sessions @ IFLA 2012 Congress, Helsinki

Sharing information about FAIFE programs @ IFLA Congress in Helsinki- as received.

We warmly invite you to attend to FAIFE activities and sessions in IFLA 2012 Conference in Helsinki

This year FAIFE offers 2 conference sessions and an open and public event, called Speakers’ Corner at Sanoma House in Helsinki City Center.

The 1st FAIFE Session starts on Sunday right after Opening session. The topics in this session focus on tightening controls on Internet – and our possibilities to raise awareness, protect users and become change agents in this setting. In the end of the session we take up some examples of Freedom of Information -projects for libraries.
We are hoping to see you all in Helsinki at our sessions!

Comments for the session speeches can be delivered via Twitter: #wlic2012


All sessions will be broadcasted on the net by the Finnish Library Web TV and Radio, Kirjastokaista.fi – http://kirjastokaista.fi/IFLA

Detailed descriptions of FAIFE session programs starting from Sunday enclosed.

Our themes as usual, are cheeky ones beginning with… 

Sunday 12th August 13.45-15.45

 Sleepwalking into a Control Society

Location: Session room 1

Introduction by Kai Ekholm, Chair of FAIFE
Keynote speech: Internet is dead by Siva Vaidhyanathan, professor
New media control in Europe by Erkan Saka, professor (Questions from the audience by Twitter etc.)
Code of Ethics by Paul Sturges, professor
FAIFE update by Kai Ekholm and Päivikki Karhula
Maker’s mark:
The successful FAIFE Advent calendar, Panu Somerma, Entresse library
FAIFE Book Club, Jonathan Kelley, ALA
ALA and most banned books in USA 2011-2, Barbara Jones


Our second session is a joint CLM/FAIFE session

Master of contents or How to win the battle over freedom in cyberspace?  

Wednesday, 15th Aug. 2012 09:30 – 12:45

This year we have several distinguished speakers and our focus is on current and hot topics including trends of privatization, privacy and copyright battles on the Internet.

Our keynote speakers Siva Vaidhyanathan and Gus Hosein are leading experts in their fields.

Siva Vaidhyanathan is a professor of Media studies and Law at the University of Virginia andan author of “Googlization of Everything”. He is a developer of a concept of Critical Information Studies binding together cultural and political perspectives on information. Siva is also a well known as an entertaining and informative speaker on media and cultural issues. He is a contributor in various periodicals such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Times Magazine, The Nation, MSNBC.com and Salon.com. He has been called as ‎“one of academe’s best-known scholars of intellectual property and its role in contemporary culture.”
Gus Hosein brings in the perspective of privacy on the net. He has PhD in Law from University of London and he works currently as an Executive Director of Privacy International. Gus has written broadly about privacy and civil liberties from the perspectives of law and technology. Also, he has advised a number of international organizations, companies, and civil society organizations around these issues.

This session offers you broad and shaking views on the discussion of the Freedom of Information.

Don’t miss this session!


Master of contents or How to win the battle over freedom in cyberspace? 

Session organized by: Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) with Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM)

15 August 2012 09:30 – 12:45

Location: Session Room 1


Privatization of cyberspace – case Google

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Media Studies and Law, University of Virginia, USA


Privacy, data surveillance and free speech in the age of Big Data

Gus Hosein, Privacy International, UK


Internet censorship in context: the shape of things to come

Päivikki Karhula, University of Tampere, School of Information Sciences, Finland


Lawful access legislation, its risks and why libraries must care

Jeannie Bail, Queen Elizabeth II Library & Brent Roe, Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Canada
Comment speech:

Shaked Spiers, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Germany

The copyright cloud over our national collections:  As Australia rolls out the National Broadband Network, how the Australian copyright regime could restrict access to knowledge, culture and research on the high speed network, and lessons to be learnt in the global context

Ellen Broad, Australian Digital Alliance, Australia
Comment speech:

Harald Müller, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Library


Finally, we have a totally new format called
Speaker’s corner

Wednesday, 15th Aug. 2012 13:00 – 15:00

FAIFE is bringing the hottest issues to of Internet Freedom to the Sanoma House Media Piazza in a City Center of Helsinki. This is an open and public event. This is a new approach of FAIFE and IFLA.
Be there! Or you will regret…

 FAIFE Speakers’ Corner


15th Aug. 2012 at 13:00-15:00, Sanoma House, Media Piazza

Located in Helsinki City Center very close to the Central Railway Station.

SESSION I 13:00 –

This is how you are being controlled today!

Chair: Kai Ekholm
Guests: Loida Garcia Febo, FAIFE Expert Resource Person
SESSION II 13:35 –

They own Your Data! What are you going to do?
Chair: Päivikki Karhula
Guest: Hanna Nikkanen, a prize winning journalist and activist

Is Copyright really collapsing?

Chair: Stuart Hamilton
Guest: Anna Troberg, President of the Swedish Pirate Party


Kai Ekholm,
FAIFE Committee, chair
Director of the National Library of Finland


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