IFLA Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments will be holding in Paris its 30th annual pre-conference from 12 to 14 August 2014

The IFLA Section on Library and Research Services for Parliaments will be holding in Paris its 30th annual pre-conference from 12 to 14 August 2014, hosted by and co-organized with the French Assemblée Nationale.Information regarding the pre-conference will be accessible through  and on the pre-conference website

PL: The National Integrated Informatisation Programme (PZIP) is adopted

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On 8 January 2014, the Council of Ministers, the collective executive decision-making body of the Polish Government, adopted the National Integrated Informatisation Programme (PZIP). This is a strategic document that describes how high quality electronic public services can be delivered to the public.

Are airline check-in kiosks onboard with accessibility?

E-Access Bulletin

Readers who have travelled by air in the past few years are likely to have come across new technologies designed to enhance the convenience of travel such as automated kiosks where people can check in without queuing for hours in a barely-moving queue of bored passengers.

As so often with new technologies, however, it seems that their accessibility for people with disabilities was not always considered when they were first being developed. And now, in the US, the issue is about to hit the courts.

Practitioner heralds ‘new phase’ of digital learning for disabled children

E-Access Bulletin

New technologies such as tablet computers and techniques such as online data analysis are heralding a new age of customised learning assistance for young people who are severely disabled, a practitioner has told E-Access Bulletin.

Is EPUB the most accessible format? One Voice launches debate

E-Access Bulletin

The EPUB electronic book format is the most accessible digital document format, according to a new paper designed to open a debate on accessibility of all mainstream document formats by people with disabilities.

The debate – intended to lead to a further paper to be published in the summer – has been launched by One Voice for Accessible ICT Coalition, an umbrella group for organisations supporting access to digital technology by people with disabilities.

Firm in “revolutionary” move to give away £600 Windows screenreader

E-Access Bulletin

In a deal described as “a huge step forward” for blind computer users, the developer of one of the world’s most sophisticated text-to-speech screenreaders has announced it is now giving away for free its previously chargeable software.

US-based software firm GW Micro has revealed it has reached a deal with Microsoft – on unspecified terms – to provide people who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled with a free licence to use its Window-Eyes screen reader.

NO: New version of the national procurement service launched

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On 1 January 2014 a new version was launched of the national procurement service Doffin, where public institutions in Norway publish information about their calls for tender. The goal is to simplify the system and provide a better service for its users.

UN General Assembly adopts consensus text backing right to Privacy in Digital Age

Deeply concerned that electronic surveillance, interception of digital communications and collection of personal data may negatively impact human rights, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a consensus resolution strongly backing the right to privacy, calling on all countries take measures to end activities that violate this fundamental “tenet of a democratic society.” 

First Legislative Data Challenge Winner Announced

The Library of Congress of the U.S. announced the winner of the first legislative data challenge, Markup of US Legislation in Akoma Ntoso. The challenge, which was open from July 16 to October 31, invited participants to create XML versions of US bill text using the Akoma Ntoso standard. The Library also asked for feedback about the Akoma Ntoso standard itself to help ensure US legislation can be incorporated properly into this international framework.

Report on "Communication of Parliamentary Democracy in a Digital World"

The landscape of print, broadcasting and social media is changing rapidly and how it alters affects Parliament’s ability to communicate and engage with the public it serves. A new report from the Hansard Society – #futurenews The Communication of Parliamentary Democracy in a Digital World – explores these strategic communication trends and how Parliament needs to respond in order to keep pace and ensure it has a voice in the political debate commensurate with its role at the apex of our democracy. #futurenews examines changing patterns of news consumption, the public’s attitude to news about politics in general, and Parliament in particular, and how and where they access such news.

Technological Options for Capturing and Reporting Parliamentary Proceedings

This practical handbook draws on the experiences and practices of several legislatures. It is intended to help parliaments to take informed decisions when developing their capacity to publish records of plenary and committee proceedings. It will be of particular interest to parliaments that do not yet publish their proceedings regularly or on a timely basis. It should also serve those that are looking to identify best practices and deliver better services.

Paralympics Effect ‘Challenges Perceptions of Disabled People’

E-Access Bulletin

The impact of the 2012 Paralympic Games on public attitudes towards disabled people has been positive but some campaign groups have sought to “misuse” it for political ends, a leading activist told this year’s eAccess conference.

And disability consultant and campaigner Simon Stevens told delegates that while the London Games had raised the profile of disability issues, it would take some time before we could judge whether the effect will be lasting.

Standards Developers Urged to Support Older and Disabled People

E-Access Bulletin

People working on technical standards for mainstream products and services must be more aware of the needs of older and disabled people, delegates at eAccess 13 heard in a closing session in speakers raised key points for the future of accessibility.

Commission on Digital Democracy announced by the Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom

The Speaker of the House of Commons will explore further modernisation of the House of Commons and British democracy to meet the demands of the digital era and modern citizens, and announce a new Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy.

World Forum for Democracy

Sat, 23/11/2013 - Fri, 29/11/2013

Social networks, blogs, and online media offer citizens access to public life in an unprecedentedly direct way. Is the internet revolutionising democratic practice? This topical question will be raised this year during the World Forum for Democracy, organised by the Council of Europe with the support of the French government, the Alsace Region and the City of Strasbourg.

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