Information Ethics and Policy Education

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This year I’m not going to be able to make it to ASIS&T, but I am helping to organize a workshop. To anyone attending with an interest in information ethics and policy, I suggest that you sign-up. The call is listed below.

Title: Advancing Information Ethics and Policy Education: Designing Curriculum for Diverse Contexts
Date: October 14, 2016
Application Deadline: August 30, 2016
Participants Announced: September 1, 2016

Abstract: Please join us for a full-day, collaborative workshop focusing on teaching information ethics and policy.

The SIG IEP, with the support of SIG ED, is sponsoring a workshop on teaching information ethics and policy at the ASIS&T annual meeting. The workshop will be highly collaborative, with most of the day devoted to working groups focused on building curriculum ideas, pedagogical approaches, project ideas, and teaching tools. Each working group will be preceded by one or two very short presentations on the topic in order to spark discussion and collaboration. The goal of the workshop is to learn from other scholars and teachers of IEP about different approaches, topics, and teaching methods.

We are seeking participation from the broadest range of scholars and practitioners whose work includes, or relates to, information ethics and policy (broadly construed). Participation requires only registration and willingness to actively engage over the course of the workshop. We encourage, but do not require, participants to bring syllabi, reading lists, and other artifacts to share during the workshop. In addition, if you have a particularly novel, successful, or interesting approach, unit, assignment, or method for teaching ethics and policy and would like to do a very short (less than 10 minutes) presentation, please send an abstract (approx. 500 words) describing the presentation to Alan Rubel at arubel@wisc.edu (subject line: ASIS&T workshop) by August 30. We will select presentations by September 1, in time for conference early registration (which ends September 2, 2016).

Twitter References

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I’m in the process of analyzing a sample of Twitter references to incumbent candidates from the 2012 Congressional Election. There’s a lot of data to sort through, but one of the things that struck me is just how much attention that a small group of candidates received. The Top 25 candidates received over two-thirds of all tweet mentions.

On top of this, almost all of the most tweeted candidates were members of their party’s leadership or members of the U.S. Senate, which represents more people per capita than the House of Representatives. As best I can tell, the only exceptions were Allen West (R-FL) and Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) who both had a propensity to say crazy things that drew national media attention. Anyway, I guess this just goes to show how American political discourse tends to be: (1) dominated by radicals who play to their base or (2) largely captured by poll-tested party narratives. So much for deliberative democracy. So much for thoughtful candidates trying to run on their beliefs.