Hamilton - Stuart

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Dr. Stuart Hamilton is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) where he has worked since January 2008. He holds a PhD in Library and Information Science from the Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark, and he gained his Masters LIS qualification from University College London. His PhD research examined freedom of access to information on the Internet worldwide, and the ways in which libraries can overcome barriers such as censorship or the digital divide to ensure that library users receive the best possible access to online information resources. He has lectured extensively around the world on his PhD subject and other intellectual freedom matters, and his findings have been published in print and online journals.
 
Stuart worked for IFLA’s Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) Office in Copenhagen between 2001-2006 at the same time as completing his PhD. During this time he built an extensive network of experts in intellectual freedom who were able to contribute to the work of FAIFE, and he was also able to research and develop IFLA policy through involvement in areas where freedom of expression has been under pressure. He has traveled to Cuba, Israel and The Occupied Palestinian Territories and also to Tunisia where he assessed the situation in the country in the run up to the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis. Since 2005 he has been involved in IFLA’s outreach efforts in relation to the IFLA Internet Manifesto and has organized workshops on freedom of access to information on the Internet in Europe, the Caribbean and South America. In 2006 and 2007 he took a sabbatical to walk across America, rejoining IFLA in 2008. In his position as IFLA's Director of Policy and Advocacy, Stuart co-ordinates the activities of the FAIFE and CLM (Copyright and other Legal Matters) Committees, as well as work relating to WSIS and other IFLA global advocacy activities.