Ismail Serageldin

Access to Knowledge & Freedom of Expression


Month
Year  
2008 23 February

The Universities of Tomorrow

Cairo University, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “The Universities of Tomorrow” at the Library of Alexandria.

2007 26 November

The Mo Ibrahim Prize Ceremony

Remarks on the Occasion of The Mo Ibrahim Prize Ceremony at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

Welcome to Egypt and to the New Library of Alexandria. It is a pleasure to welcome such eminent guests to our Bibliotheca Alexandrina, dedicated to the values of freedom of expression, mutual respect, openness, rationality, dialogue and learning. Values that are essential to promote good governance, tolerance and a humane society.

2007 12 September

Cultural Accumulation and Modern Reading

Shanghai, China

We live in the age of the internet. The digital age, where the traditional boundaries between voice, text, image and data have blurred and are on the verge of disappearing. The traditional view of writing as the supreme means of communication has already for a century been gradually displaced by the role of the image in transferring knowledge and interconnecting generations…

2007 26 June

Bibliotheca Alexandrina La Renaissance de la Bibliothèque d’Alexandrie

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Bibliotheca Alexandrina La Renaissance de la Bibliothèque d’Alexandrie” in the Library of Alexandria.

2007 26 March

University Governance: What is it? Why now?

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “University Governance: What is it? Why now?” in the Library of Alexandria.

2007 27 January

Authors’ Rights and the Public Interest: Reflections On Why Copyright Law Must Change

Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Authors’ Rights and the Public Interest: Reflections On Why Copyright Law Must Change” in Cairo.

2007

Freedom of Expression

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2006 8 November

Information, Savoir et Sagesse

Geneva, Switzerland

Au début de cette allocution que vous me faites l’honneur de me permettre de vous présenter, je voudrais essayer de préciser les termes de mon exposé. Car pour discuter une réalité complexe, il faudrait utiliser des concepts précis… comme le disait le président Mitterrand:

2006 29 October

Freedom of Expression… at the Close of 2006!

Remarks Delivered at the Close of the Ibsen Centennial Celebration at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

Consider the paradox of our times. We live in a time of peerless communication, where news is instantaneous, and more information – and disinformation – is available on the Internet for all, at all times. The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) revolution is creating a more connected world, a more informed world, and a world with much more in common than we ever had before.

2006 12 June

For a North-South-East-West Dialogue on IPR

Trieste, Italy

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “For a North-South-East-West Dialogue on IPR” in Trieste, Italy.

2006 16 May

Born Digital! The Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria

Washington, DC

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Born Digital! The Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria” in Washington, DC.

2006 22 February

IPR in the Digital Age: Reflections on why copyright law must change

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “IPR in the Digital Age: Reflections on why copyright law must change” at the BA.

2006 22 February

Tomorrow’s Digital Libraries: The Promise and the Challenge

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Tomorrow’s Digital Libraries: The Promise and the Challenge” at the Library of Alexandria.

2006

Born Digital, The New Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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2006

Reflections on Our Digital Future

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I believe that the future of Egypt, indeed of all the developing countries, will depend on a better appreciation of what can be done with the new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), the mastery of these technologies and their proper deployment in a strategic fashion. This requires that the national infrastructure with its international links be in place. I am happy to note that Egypt has in the last few years been blessed with a Government that understands such issues and acts upon them. Providing free Internet access, and committed to increasing bandwidth, the Government has not spared any efforts in providing the broad national framework for institutions to respond to the challenge. Many have. The private sector responded. Mobile telephone and Internet subscribers exploded. However, the Arabic e-content lagged, and the systematic access to the knowledge and techniques necessary to respond to the new challenges of research and science needed organization and development.

2005 17 December

The New Library Of Alexandria A Global Center Of Excellence

Qena, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “The New Library Of Alexandria A Global Center Of Excellence” at the Library of Alexandria.

2005 9 December

Director’s Report To The Associations Of Friends Of The BA

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Director’s Report To The Associations Of Friends Of The BA” at the Library of Alexandria.

2005 18 November

BA at WSIS

WSIS, Tunis

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “BA at the World Summit on the Information Society” at WSIS in Tunis.

2005 14 November

Cross Border Education: A Necessity not a Luxury

Alexandria - IAU Meeting

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Cross Border Education: A Necessity not a Luxury” at the BA.

2005 3 October

Bibliotheca Alexandrina: A center for Learning, A Catalyst for Action

Library of Congress, Washington DC

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Bibliotheca Alexandrina: A center for Learning, A Catalyst for Action” at the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

2005 12 August

Tomorrow’s Digital Libraries: Preserving Culture and Disseminating Knowledge

Oslo

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Tomorrow’s Digital Libraries: Preserving Culture and Disseminating Knowledge” in Oslo.

2005 11 August

Challenging Censorship, Defending Freedom

Opening Remarks Delivered at IFLA/FAIFE Conference, Oslo, Norway

I am honored to be here with you today in this event that celebrates that greatest of human virtues: the respect for free expression. Without it we cannot survive on this planet speaking hundreds of tongues, holding a wide range of political opinions and displaying a bewildering array of social attitudes and cultural attributes.

2005 18 April

The Knowledge-based Economy of the Information Age

Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “The Knowledge-based Economy of the Information Age” in Cairo.

2005 23 March

The Digital Future: Producers and consumers in the new Knowledge Economy

University of Minnesota

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “The Digital Future: Producers and consumers in the new Knowledge Economy” at the University of Minnesota.

2005 23 March

Bibliotheca Alexandrina: The Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria

University of Minnesota

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Bibliotheca Alexandrina: The Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria” at the University of Minnesota.

2005 3 March

Information Technology at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Information Technology at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina” at the Library of Alexandria.

2004 8 October

Bibliotheca Alexandrina : The Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria

Frankfurt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Bibliotheca Alexandrina: The Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria” in Frankfurt.

2004 18 September

Opening Address: The First Freedom

International Conference on the Beacon for Freedom of Expression, Alexandria, Egypt

Today, The Library of Alexandria lives again. By our gathering and our commitment, we represent the values that the great Library stood for, by our presence and our actions we give content to the slogans and take firm steps on the path of asserting the principles we stand for.

2004 24 August

Bibliotheca Alexandrina The Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria

IFLA

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Bibliotheca Alexandrina The Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria” at the IFLA.

2004 8 August

Tomorrow’s Digital Libraries

Kuwait

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Tomorrow’s Digital Libraries” in Kuwait.

2002

Bibliotheca Alexandrina : The Rebirth of the Library of Alexandria

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2001 20 July

Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Reviving the Spirit of the old Library of Alexandria in the 21st Century

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Reviving the Spirit of the old Library of Alexandria in the 21st Century” at the Library of Alexandria.

2001 7 June

The University of Tomorrow: The Challenge and the Response

Aarhus

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “The University of Tomorrow: The Challenge and the Response” in Aarhus.

2000 18 June

The Third Great Global Revolution

A Commencement Address Delivered at The American University, Cairo, Egypt

It is indeed a great honor to stand before you at this special moment of renewal and transition… Perennial as the grass, graduations celebrate achievement and promote transition. Speeches today must both help and challenge you as you embark on your new journey of life.

I have had the occasion to address a number of these gatherings in past years, and some overarching themes recur in what I have to say. But today is different. Today is special for me and for all of you..



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