In this course, we will develop an understanding of information as a commodity, with a richly contested value for both individuals and societies. This course will engage with different types of information inequalities, such as those between economically rich/poor societies, as well as situations where information is restricted or censored. From the level of societies, information is politically and economically charged. The ubiquity of information technology in the West makes it easy to overlook the persistence of vast areas of information poverty in the world. This global digital divide of access to technology and information literacy, continues to threaten human rights, development goals, and political stability. Information also has a private and personal value. We will examine case studies of how governments and corporations quantify information and what this means about our own information “worth.” In addition to class discussions, we will develop information literacy skills and use scholarly resources available through the Rutgers University Library to explore these topics.
Lily Todorinova (Rutgers University Libraries)
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