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.
- Eminent philosophers (Luciano Floridi in 2007 and Clancy Martin in 2010) and historians (Paul Duguid in 2008 and Christine Pawley in 2011) who study information have delivered Distinguished Lectures at SIRLS.
- Faculty members of the School of Information are on the organizing committee of the annual Information Ethics Roundtable. The School of Information hosted the 2007 IER on the topic of Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Property, the 2009 IER on the topic of Misinformation and Disinformation, and the 2011 IER on the topic of Information Rights as Human Rights.
- David Cuillier (freedom of information), author of “Government Information and Leaks” in Social Media and the Law (Routledge) and The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records (CQ Press).
- Tony Doyle (information ethics), program chair of the 2008 IER and the 2012 IER, author of "Privacy and Perfect Voyeurism" in Ethics and Information Technology and "A Critique of Information Ethics" in Knowledge, Technology and Policy.
- Don Fallis (social epistemology), program chair of the 2009 IER, author of "What is Lying?" in the Journal of Philosophy and "Floridi on Disinformation" in Etica & Politica.
- Martin Frické (logic), author of Logic and the Organization of Information (Springer).
- Cheryl Knott (information access, print culture history) is the author of "Imagining Information Retrieval in the Library" in the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing and "Quiet Pioneers: Black Women Public Librarians in the Segregated South" in Vitae Scholasticae.
- Laura Lenhart (information ethics, history of authorship), author of "Normative Notions of Authorship and Participation in the i-Society" in the iConference Proceedings.
- Kay Mathiesen (information ethics), program chair of the 2007 IER and the 2011 IER, author of "What is Information Ethics?" in Computers & Society and "The Human Right to a Public Library" in the Journal of Information Ethics.
- Adam Moore (information ethics), program chair of the 2013 IER, author of Privacy Rights: Moral and Legal Foundations (Penn State) and “Intellectual Property” in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- Clay Morrison (natural and artifactual epistemology), does research in machine learning and artificial intelligence; author of "Are We Wrong About Representation?" in the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence.
- Allen H. Renear (logic, ontology, semantics), author of "Strategic Reading, Ontologies, and the Future of Scientific Publishing" in Science and "When Digital Objects Change — Exactly What Changes?” in the Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.
- Toni Samek (intellectual freedom, library history), program chair of the 2014 IER, author of Librarianship and Human Rights: A Twenty-first Century Guide (Chandos) and "Teaching Information Ethics in Higher Education: A Crash Course in Academic Labour" in the International Review of Information Ethics.
- Jessica Shumake (rhetoric, circulation, digital literacies and cultures), author of “Archival Research as a Queer Practice” in The Writing Instructor and “Hiding and Seeking Rhetorical Visibility of LGBTQ People at the Smithsonian” in Re/Framing Identifications.
- Ethics and Information Technology
- Journal of Information Ethics
- International Center for Information Ethics
- Information Ethics Roundtable
- Society for the Philosophy of Information
- Library History Roundtable
- Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing
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- Many academic organizations and research groups study the History and Philosophy of other topics, such as Science, Mathematics, Art, Medicine, and Education.
For further information about the HPI research group, contact Don Fallis (firstname.lastname@example.org).