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Research Handbook on Information Policy

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Research Handbook on Information Policy

9781789903577 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Alistair S. Duff, Visiting Scholar, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Open University of Catalonia, Spain and Emeritus Professor of Information Policy, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 357 7 Extent: 464 pp
This comprehensive and innovative Research Handbook tackles the pressing issues confronting us at the dawn of the global network society, including freedom of speech, government transparency and the digital divide. Engaging with controversial problems of public policy including freedom of expression, copyright and information inequality, the Research Handbook on Information Policy offers a well-rounded exploration of the history and future of this vital field.

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This comprehensive and innovative Research Handbook tackles the pressing issues confronting us at the dawn of the global network society, including freedom of speech, government transparency and the digital divide.
 
Representing a milestone in information policy research, this new volume edited by Alistair Duff brings together leading contributors from a wide range of disciplines to discuss important topics such as genetic information, news and privacy, and provides case studies on cyber harms, freedom of information and national digitization policy. Engaging with controversial problems of public policy including freedom of expression, copyright and information inequality, the Research Handbook on Information Policy offers a well-rounded exploration of the history and future of this vital field.
 
Systematically addressing both general theory and specific issues, as well as providing international perspectives, this Research Handbook will be of particular interest to academics and students in the disciplines of information science, journalism and media studies, politics, sociology, philosophy and law.
Critical Acclaim
‘In 1976, I wrote a doctoral dissertation at Stanford University, The Information Economy. In 1980, I hosted a documentary called The Information Society. It was an introduction to a general TV audience of what I felt were—and would be—the key issues facing an information-based society.

Alistair Duff’s compendium of thought leaders underscores the fact that each era brings with it the rich opportunities of positive evolution, and the pressures and problems of a society and economy undergoing extremely rapid change. As with the industrial revolution, technology, social values, markets, laws and equity are out of sync. Some coherent guidance will emerge from competitive market dynamics and governance. Some will fall through the cracks and remain a challenge. This book is a worthy effort to bring all that together.’
– Marc Uri Porat, Tech Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, US


‘This collection makes a huge contribution to our understanding of why information society and information policy research are crucial – retrospectively and prospectively. Theorised from multiple standpoints, this collection of leading scholars tells us how power is articulated through information, enabling surveillance, perpetuating inequalities, and creating conditions for either sustaining or curtailing freedom of expression, privacy and access to information. Required reading for everyone interested in the potentials of democratic discourse.’
– Robin Mansell, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Contributors
Contributors: Alistair Black, Sandra Braman, Ruth Chadwick, Ian Cornelius, Alistair S. Duff, William H. Dutton, John Feather, Steve Fuller, Blayne Haggart, Catherine Heeney, Arne Hintz, Paul T. Jaeger, Sue Curry Jansen, László Z. Karvalics, Michael A. Katell, Emily J.M. Knox, Petr Lupač, Ben McConville, Victoria Nash, Julia Pohle, Priscilla M. Regan, Amit M. Schejter, Ivan Szekely, Natalie Greene Taylor, Richard D. Taylor, Kim M. Thompson, Margaret Ann Wilkinson, Ben Worthy, Aljona Zorina












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Contents:

Foreword xv
Youichi Ito
1 Introduction to the Research Handbook on Information Policy 1
Alistair S. Duff

PART I GENERAL THEORY
THE NATURE OF INFORMATION POLICY
2 Intervention and aesthetics: the nature of information policy 25
Ian Cornelius
3 Ecstasy and entropy: information policy in a punctuated case 40
Sandra Braman
4 Prophetic v. priestly: alternative modes of information policy 56
Steve Fuller

THE HISTORY OF INFORMATION POLICY
5 Information policy before information policies? Conceptual and
historical considerations 69
László Z. Karvalics
6 Aspects of the history of state information policies in Britain before the
digital age 80
Alistair Black
7 International information policy: UNESCO in historical perspective 96
Julia Pohle

THE FUTURE OF INFORMATION POLICY
8 The future of information policy: preparing for transformational change 114
Richard D. Taylor
9 The ecology of games reshaping information policy: internet access in
Belarus to cyber harms in the United Kingdom 130
William H. Dutton and Aljona Zorina
10 The intertwined futures of information policy and information literacy 146
Paul T. Jaeger and Natalie Greene Taylor

PART II SPECIFIC ISSUES
PRIVACY
11 Fifty-plus years of information privacy policy-making: the more things
change, the more they remain the same 159
Priscilla M. Regan
12 An equity view of public reason: privacy and surveillance policy as
social justice 174
Michael A. Katell
13 Privacy’s progress: privacy as a progressive ideal for information policy 189
Alistair S. Duff

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
14 Freedom of information: a constitutive public good in democratic societies 205
Ivan Szekely
15 Freedom of information: a state of the art 220
Ben Worthy
16 Public or private? Freedom of information and the Scottish struggle for
scrutiny of public bodies 237
Ben McConville

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
17 Freedom of expression in a datafied world 250
Arne Hintz
18 Agility in an age of information ubiquity: freedom of expression and
information policy 263
Emily J.M. Knox
19 Gatecrashers? Freedom of expression in an age-gated internet 276
Victoria Nash

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
20 Rights and wrongs: old and new perspectives on copyright 291
John Feather
21 Intellectual property and the reliability of content: the case for moral rights 306
Margaret Ann Wilkinson
22 The ratcheting racket: the global political economy of copyright policy-making 323
Blayne Haggart

INFORMATION INEQUALITY
23 Information inequality: realization of capabilities as an information policy goal 341
Amit M. Schejter
24 Planning and evaluating policy to address information inequalities: an
Information Worlds Matrix approach 357
Kim M. Thompson
25 How (not) to deepen information inequality via information policy:
a contribution of the contextual approach 368
Petr Lupač

PART III SPECIAL INFORMATION
26 Genetic information: fundamental issues 385
Ruth Chadwick
27 Ethical challenges for the production and dissemination of official
statistics in the big data environment 398
Catherine Heeney
28 Informing the public sphere: Walter Lippmann on democracy and news,
with a coda on Jurgen Habermas 413
Sue Curry Jansen

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