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  • 1. Information sharing as a habit of citizenship: Is there an obligation to share? Todd Suomela, Suzie Allard University of Tennessee, USA
  • 2. Data Sharing Citizenship Citizen Science How do these overlap?
  • 3. Components of citizenship • Membership – Sense of belonging, community • Rights – Civil rights, freedom of speech, assembly • Participation – Obligations, voting
  • 4. Two major traditions • Republican –From ancient Greek tradition –Required participation in government or military • Liberal –Legal membership without required participation –Rights traditions
  • 5. Birds + People = Data eBird is an online checklist for avid birders to report their observations and turn it into data, and eventually science.
  • 6. Science + Citizens = ? Benefits: better understanding of the environment, engaging citizens with important issues such as climate change
  • 7. 1 Billion Users on Facebook by 2012? People are sharing more and more data. Source: http://connect.icrossing.co.uk/facebook-hit-billion-users-summer_7709
  • 8. What if we were obligated to share? • Benefits – Improving citizenship – Improved understanding (of the world and ourselves) • Risks – Endangering privacy – Losing trust
  • 9. A fundamental tension • Citizenship depends upon compromise • The internet is large, it contains multitudes – But so does the world
  • 10. Implications for the future • Think beyond Facebook and consider other forms of data sharing • Information professionals must promote education to help people distinguish data sharing and data taking • Develop the connections between e- government research and data sharing
  • 11. Dank u Todd Suomela - tes@utk.edu Suzie Allard - sallard@utk.edu