“From the Freedom of the Press 106 Report:
Global press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015, as political, criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power.
The share of the world’s population that enjoys a Free press stood at just 13 percent, meaning fewer than one in seven people live in countries where coverage of political news is robust, the safety of journalists is guaranteed, state intrusion in media affairs is minimal, and the press is not subject to onerous legal or economic pressures.
- Only 13 percent of the world’s population enjoys a Free press—that is, where coverage of political news is robust, the safety of journalists is guaranteed, state intrusion in media affairs is minimal, and the press is not subject to onerous legal or economic pressures.
- Forty-one percent of the world’s population has a Partly Free press, and 46 percent live in Not Free media environments.
- Among the countries that suffered the largest declines in 2015 were Bangladesh, Turkey, Burundi, France, Serbia, Yemen, Egypt, Macedonia, and Zimbabwe.
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“From the CTIA :
Today, CTIA, The Wireless Association released its annual survey results, which found Americans used 9.6 trillion megabytes (MB) of data in 2015, three times the 3.2 trillion MB in 2013. This is the equivalent of consumers streaming 59,219 videos every minute or roughly 18 million MB.
Smartphones are the number one wireless device in the U.S. and still growing
- There were more than 228 million smartphones, which was up almost 10 percent from 2014. 70 percent of the population now owns a smartphone.
- There were more than 41 million tablets on wireless networks, up 16 percent from 2014.
Americans prefer mobile devices to communicate
- Americans talked more than 2.8 trillion minutes on their mobile phones, up more than 17 percent from 2014.
- Americans exchanged more than 2.1 trillion texts, videos and photo messages, or more than four million every minute.
Mobile Trends in the United States, 2014-2015 2014 2015 The Delta Subscribers 355.4 million 377.9 million +6.3% Smartphones 208.1 million 228.3 million +9.7% Data Traffic 4.1 trillion MB 9.6 trillion MB +137.6% Minutes of Use 2.5 trillion 2.8 trillion +17.4% SMS/MMS traffic 2.07 trillion 2.11 trillion +1.7% Incremental Capital investment $32.0 billion $31.9 billion -0.3% Cumulative Capex $430.6 billion $462.6 billion N/A
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“Children are getting their first smartphones, on average, at just over 10 years of age in the U.S., according to a new study from Influence Central.
This young age not only demonstrates just how much mobile technology permeates our lives, but it affects the way American children access the Internet and interact with social media. According ot the study, approximately 65% of children access the Internet via a laptop or mobile device, up from 42% in 2012.
Furthermore, car rides have become a popular location for tablet use, as 55% of kids prefer tablets in a car, up from 26% in 2012. Meanwhile, 45% prefer using smartphones, up from 39% in 2012.
Amazingly, more than one-third of children have a social media account before they reach 12 years old, and 11% have one before age 10.
The study revealed how early in life children become acquainted with mobile devices and how these devices are often their first experience with the Internet. And children are using their mobile devices for numerous purposes, including games and productivity apps, according to Influence Central CEO Stacy DeBroff.”
The initiative for this document was taken by then President Claudia Lux at the Section’s conference in Montréal (august 2008). The idea is to have a certified document about the importance of library statistics, as they demonstrate the value that libraries provide to their users and to society. Statistical data are indispensable for the internal management of libraries, but they can do more. When presented to policy makers, funding institutions or the general public, they will influence the strategic planning, and they can create and maintain confidence in libraries.
Compiled by Roswitha Poll, Münster (Updated February 2016)
By: Simon Ellis, Michael Heaney, Pierre Meunier & Roswitha Poll
In: Ifla Journal Volume 35 (2009) No. 2, pp. 123 – 130.
Proceedings of the conference held in Montréal on 18-19 August 2008 reporting on the Global Library Statistics Project
Ed. by Heaney, Michael
IFLA Publications; Nr 138
Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2009
“From the American Library Association:
On May 2, 2016, the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, “Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools.” The document, which surveys the state of students’ privacy in K-12 schools, provides guidance for school libraries and educational institutions seeking to protect students’ privacy, both while online and while reading or engaging in research. The document was developed by theIFC Privacy Subcommittee, with input from additional ALA committees, interest groups, and roundtables with an interest in privacy.
“Today’s students not only face all of the potential threats to the privacy of their reading habits that adults face from government surveillance and commercial tracking, they also face a system of continuous assessment and oversight by an educational establishment that seeks to track almost all aspects of the student’s educational activities,” said Michael Robinson, chair of the ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee, and Head of Systems at the Consortium Library, University of Alaska – Anchorage. “In developing these guidelines, we not only want to provide librarians and educators with appropriate data management and security practices, we also want to inspire a new regard for students’ privacy rights, especially their right to keep their reading habits and intellectual activities private.”
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