Information Transfer Policy: Issues of Control and Access

Information Transfer Policy: Issues of Control and Access

by Tamara S. Eisenschitz
     
 

Information is a valuable resource. Its control and exploitation are important concerns for governments, private companies, public authorities, and the general public. Tamara Eisenschitz presents a much-needed overview, locating information in its social context and analysing information in its various forms - technical, economic, political and personal. This in turn… See more details below

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Information is a valuable resource. Its control and exploitation are important concerns for governments, private companies, public authorities, and the general public. Tamara Eisenschitz presents a much-needed overview, locating information in its social context and analysing information in its various forms - technical, economic, political and personal. This in turn she relates to the media of transmission, which can have a powerful influence on information itself. A substantive section on information issues and their current trends covers, for example, commercial exploitation of information, political and personal information, culture and entertainment, quality of provision, education as a means of raising information awareness, trends in use and their costs. The book ends with some proposal for the future, including a call for the library and information profession to adopt a strategy on information transfer issues. The content is informed by UK law but, throughout, comparisons are made with other EEC countries and the USA, which demonstrate the international context and application of policies. This will be an essential study and teaching textbook for courses on information science and technology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780853658290
Publisher:
Facet Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
Sect. AThe nature of society3
A1Social frameworks and structures3
A2The nature of information9
A3Channels of communication21
Sect. BInformation policies34
B1Commercial competition37
B2Political information78
B3Personal information83
B4The media90
B5Education95
B6Quality97
Sect. CTrends104
C1Electronics104
C2Digitization107
C3Entertainment110
C4Fragmentation113
C5Value for money114
C6Internationalization116
C7Individual rights118
C8Profiles119
C9Systems120
C10Evolution: public to private120
C11Computer crime122
Sect. DIssues126
D1What is information?; Uneconomic information; An extended property model; Enforcement126
D2Equality of access135
D3Internationalization146
D4Personal rights; Autonomy; Freedom of information; Culture and learning150
D5Professionalism159
Sect. EConclusions163
E1The politicization of access to information163
E2The pivotal role of information scientists164
E3Professional identity164
References165
Legislation171
Index173

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