Research Group on the History and Philosophy of Information

Information is critical to modern life. In order to survive and flourish, people need to have information about health, careers, politics, public safety, science, technology, etc. Information that enlightens and entertains is also intrinsically valuable to human beings. The main function of libraries, the Internet, books, the mass media, museums, and many government agencies is to provide such information. But in order to design systems and organizations that effectively provide such information, we need to know how such systems and organizations have operated in the past and to think about how they ought to operate in the future. With this goal in mind, the HPI research group examines through the lens of history and philosophy such topics as intellectual freedom, knowledge acquisition, open access, organization of information, literacy, information privacy, preservation of documents, scholarly communication, intellectual property, equitable access to libraries, and the digital divide.

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For further information about the HPI research group, contact Don Fallis (

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences