Information sharing as a habit
of citizenship: Is there an
obligation to share?
Todd Suomela, Suzie Allard
University of T...
Data Sharing
Citizenship
Citizen
Science
How do these overlap?
Components of citizenship
• Membership
– Sense of belonging, community
• Rights
– Civil rights, freedom of speech, assembl...
Two major traditions
• Republican
–From ancient Greek
tradition
–Required participation
in government or
military
• Libera...
Birds + People = Data
eBird is an online checklist for avid birders to report their
observations and turn it into data, an...
Science + Citizens = ?
Benefits: better understanding of the environment,
engaging citizens with important issues such as ...
1 Billion Users on Facebook by 2012?
People are sharing more and more data.
Source: http://connect.icrossing.co.uk/faceboo...
What if we were obligated to
share?
• Benefits
– Improving citizenship
– Improved understanding (of the world and
ourselve...
A fundamental tension
• Citizenship depends upon compromise
• The internet is large, it contains
multitudes
– But so does ...
Implications for the future
• Think beyond Facebook and consider
other forms of data sharing
• Information professionals m...
Dank u
Todd Suomela - tes@utk.edu
Suzie Allard - sallard@utk.edu
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BOBCATSSS 2012 Suomela, Allard - Information sharing as a habit of citizenship: Is there an obligation to share?

  1. 1. Information sharing as a habit of citizenship: Is there an obligation to share? Todd Suomela, Suzie Allard University of Tennessee, USA
  2. 2. Data Sharing Citizenship Citizen Science How do these overlap?
  3. 3. Components of citizenship • Membership – Sense of belonging, community • Rights – Civil rights, freedom of speech, assembly • Participation – Obligations, voting
  4. 4. Two major traditions • Republican –From ancient Greek tradition –Required participation in government or military • Liberal –Legal membership without required participation –Rights traditions
  5. 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. 6. Science + Citizens = ? Benefits: better understanding of the environment, engaging citizens with important issues such as climate change
  7. 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. 8. What if we were obligated to share? • Benefits – Improving citizenship – Improved understanding (of the world and ourselves) • Risks – Endangering privacy – Losing trust
  9. 9. A fundamental tension • Citizenship depends upon compromise • The internet is large, it contains multitudes – But so does the world
  10. 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. 11. Dank u Todd Suomela - tes@utk.edu Suzie Allard - sallard@utk.edu

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