American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Advocacy Alert – November 2017
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on December 14 to rescind its 2015 Open Internet Order to implement and enforce net neutrality. Under the leadership of the FCC’s new chairman, Ajit Pai, the new proposal would repeal rules that bar internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content.
Equal access to information is a fundamental principle of the internet. Net neutrality ensures that everyone–whether a researcher, attorney, self-represented litigant, small business owner, or student–has a consistent and reliable way of accessing information online.Net neutrality protects intellectual freedom, which is critical to democracy. Law librarians strongly believe in the right of the public to be informed. Net neutrality provides all internet users with access to lawful content on the web, regardless of ISPs’ opinion of the material. AALL supports nondiscriminatory access to information for all library users. Read more in our advocacy one-pager.
The FCC is no longer accepting public comments, so it is vitally important that you contact your members of Congress to voice your support for net neutrality. We need to be heard, and hope that Congress forces a delay of the December 14 vote.
AALL SIGNS ON TO JOINT LETTER TO PROTECT ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION (click to read on AALL site)
Yesterday, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) partnered with OpenTheGovernment.org and more than 60 other public interest groups and associations on a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), asking OMB to issue guidance reminding agencies that they are required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) to give adequate public notice when making significant changes to information on their websites, including when information is taken down temporarily or removed. The letter comes after weeks of concern expressed by AALL and other organizations about data and other information no longer being accessible on government websites.
AALL Press Release February 6, 2017:
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) expresses deep concern over President Trump’s recent executive order to temporarily suspend the refugee program and bar entry into the United States for travelers from seven countries. AALL reaffirms its adherence to its core values of lifelong learning and intellectual growth, commitment to diversity, and community and collaboration.
AALL Press release January 26, 2017: AALL’S STATEMENT ON ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
As the Trump Administration and 115th Congress begin, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) reasserts its commitment to advocating for access to government information, including legal information, as both an essential principle of a democratic society and a valuable public good.
December 2, 2016
Boston University School of Law
A surge in legislation and lawsuits on the copyright status of state legal materials has raised concerns about the principles of open government and the free accessibility and use of these materials. The goal of the conference is to bring together legal information professionals, policymakers, copyright experts, and others to explore policy and practical issues related to copyrighted state legal materials and discuss possible solutions to ensure more state legal information is in the public domain.
This event is co-sponsored by Boston University School of Law and the American Association of Law Libraries. Cost is $75.
Click here to Register.