INLS777-001 Fall 2022

Perspectives on information, technology and people

22 November 2022  1100-1215

Information, libraries, and current events

Let's begin by learning something we didn't know we didn't know.

① info world

We will start each session with one of us standing before the assembled group and introducing us to an "information world" that they are familiar with, but one that may well be new to the rest of us.

This will be voluntary: there will be no one necessarily assigned to do this weekly, though we hope everyone would want to share of themselves by taking advantage of the opportunity.

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② watch presenter in Sakai calendar

Universal Access to All Knowledge | Brewster Kahle

Thinking about today's events from the perspective of ethics, preservation of knowledge, documentation, and records keeping, let's consider the ephemeral nature of today's information. Glance over this somewhat long video, thinking about the themes discussed by the main speaker.

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③ read presenter in Sakai calendar

This was a discussion of one attempt to record knowledge. What about all the other ways information is being captured? Read all of these to consider how what was once the domain of the very few, is now usable by the very many.

Read all of these.

  1. Like smartphones, but lethal: The technology of seeing and shooting your enemies
  2. All the targets, all the time: Synthetic-aperture radar is making the Earth's surface watchable 24/7
  3. See-through seas: Finding submarines is likely to get easier
  4. Lots of signal, lots of noise: Where to process data, and how to add them up
  5. Fierce contests: Deception and destruction can still blind the enemy

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④ ponder presenter in Sakai calendar

Those five should have been enough, but ...

Trainspotting, but with nukes: Open-source intelligence challenges state monopolies on information

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