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Introduction to Information Policy

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Basic outline of the elements of Information Policy and specific examples if it's evolution in Ireland.

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Introduction to Information Policy

  1. 1. Information policy IS10010 – Lecture 4
  2. 2. Agenda  What is an Information Society  Why are Information Policies needed  What is an Information Policy  Who has Information Policies  Information Policy in Ireland
  3. 3. What is an Information Society  A society where the creation, distribution, use, integration and manipulation of information area significant economic, political, and cultural activity.  Economic counterpart = Knowledge Economy  Successor to Industrial Society???
  4. 4. Theories of ‘Information Society’ : Sample  Machlup – patents & research  Knowledge Industry, sectors  Drucker – materials based > knowledge based economy  Bell – no. of employee > in sector = indicator of informational character of society.  Other theorists include :  Porat  Touraine  Lyotard  Sonntag  Stehr  Toffler  Van Dijk
  5. 5. Castells – Network Society  The key social structures and activities are organized around electronically processed information networks.
  6. 6. Critique of ‘Information Society’
  7. 7. Importance
  8. 8. Lifecycle of information
  9. 9. Why are Information Policies needed  Sets boundaries
  10. 10. History of Information Policy Image http://www.personal.psu.edu/glh10/ist110/topic_old/topic01/topic01_02.html
  11. 11. What is an Information Policy  Information policy is the set of all public laws, regulations and policies that encourage, discourage, or regulate the creation, use, storage, access, and communication and dissemination of information.[1] It thus encompasses any other decision-making practice with society-wide constitutive efforts that involve the flow of information and how it is processed.[2]  [1]Weingarten, F.W. (1989) Federal Information Policy Development: The Congressional perspective. In C. McClure, P. Hernon and H. Relyea (eds), United States Government Information Policies: views and Perspectives (Ablex, Norwood, NJ).  [2]Braman, S. (2011). Defining information policy. Journal of Information Policy 1-5. http://jip.vmhost.psu.edu/ojs/index.php/jip/article/view/19/14.  Can be anything 1. How you manage your privacy settings on Social networks 2. Government strategy (Infrastructure, Policy, Law, Regulation) 3. Corporate plan
  12. 12. Elements of Information Policy  E-Inclusion  Life Long Learning  E-Business strategies  Infrasture – physical (broadband/e-fibre)  Infrastructure – political / Legal and regulatory  Copyright, Intellectual Property, Data Protection, Freedom of Information  Regulation of Domain Name Spaces ( .ie)  E-government
  13. 13. Intellectual Property Image: http://carlowsolicitors.com/intellectual-property/
  14. 14. Copyright Image: http://www.publicdomainday.org/sites/www.publicdomainday.eu/files/World_copyright-terms.jpg
  15. 15. Freedom of Information (FOI) Image: http://wayne-newsyoudontsee.blogspot.ie/2011/04/what-freedom-of-information.html
  16. 16. Censorship  Is not a thing of the past.  Banned books week 2013 in the USA Image http://blogs.furman.edu/com221sp10d/2010/04/07/12-months-of-censorship-in-china/
  17. 17. Data Protection  About your right to privacy  EU Directive 95/46  Principle: individuals should be in a position to control how data relating to them is used
  18. 18. ISSUES  Digital environment: intellectual property, economic regulations, freedom of expression, confidentiality or privacy of information, information security, access management, and regulating how the dissemination of public information occurs.
  19. 19. Internet Governance Image http://akai.no/en/gnarl/?cat=30
  20. 20. Issue: Privacy  Habermas:  Public and private sphere  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4tLsTt9LxM  The NSA has huge  capabilities – and if it  wants in to your computer,  it's in. • Explaining the latest NSA revelations – Q&A
  21. 21. Issue: Convergance
  22. 22. Issue: Security V FOI
  23. 23. Who has Information Policies  International  EU, WIPO  National level  Ireland, USA (Patriot Act)  Corporate  (Microsoft, HP, Intel, LinkedIn)  LinkedIn privacy policy  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIW5RI8K3Yg  Local Organizations  Informal (personal)
  24. 24. WIPO
  25. 25. Information Policy in Ireland
  26. 26. Government Roles and Responsibilities
  27. 27. Information Society Policy – Ireland: 1
  28. 28. Information Society Policy – Ireland: 2
  29. 29. Data Protection - Ireland  Data protection acts 1998 & 2003  Data protection commissioner  Data protection is about your fundamental right to privacy.  You can access and correct data about yourself.  Those who keep data about you have to comply with data protection principles
  30. 30. FOI – Ireland Table from http://www.oic.gov.ie/en/Publications/Special-Reports/10th-Anniversary-Publication-Freedom-of-Information-The-First- Decade-/Freedom-of-Information-The-First-Decade.pdf
  31. 31. ComReg Image: http://www.siliconrepublic.com/comms/item/17640-net-neutrality-a-clash-of-o
  32. 32. Advantages of having an Information Policy  Get the best of web 2.0 (ie non-static web pages – interactivity)  Influence people paying attention to the social aspect of these socio-technical systems.  Secure the preservation of digital content  Bring about information production
  33. 33. Future needs  Needs to be flexible, and change to meet ever evolving circumstance as the ability to access, store and share information continues to grow.  DNA / Genetic information  Medical privacy
  34. 34. Next lecture  Global Digital Divide

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