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Synthese December 2013, Volume 190, Issue 18, pp 4331-4359

The special issue of Philosophy & Technology on 'Online Security and Civil Rights'  is now available on SpringerLink

At the dawn of the information age, a proper understanding of information and how it relates to matter and energy is of utmost importance for the survival of civilisation. Yet, attempts to reconcile information concepts underlying science and technology with those en vogue in social science, humanities, and arts are rather rare. This book offers a new approach, departing from fragmented information concepts.

In this article, I offer an outline of the papers comprising the special issue. I also provide a brief overview of its topic, namely, the friction between cyber security measures and individual rights.

In the spirit of cooperation engendered by the First International Conference on Philosophy of Information in China, held in Xi'an from 18-21 October 2013, an overview of the works of Wu Kun as presented by Wu Kun and Joseph E. Brenner.

Perhaps not a "classic," but at least for me it is the place where I learned that what I was doing already had a name: "The Philosophy of Information".

A not so randomly chosen quote:

As an utterly new and revolutionary technology, databases have raised a number of philosophical issues, some of which can be briefly discussed here, but will need to be analysed in full by any future philosophy of information.

A new entry in the must-read list for everyone interested in the relation between computation, information and cognition!

This essay by Vannevar Bush was published in 1945 in the Atlantic Monthly. He describes a system called the memex, a tool for making knowledge more accessible, that is often considered to be one of the precursors of hypertext.

A quote from the editor of the Atlantic

Like Emerson's famous address of 1837 on "The American Scholar," this paper by Dr. Bush calls for a new relationship between thinking man and the sum of our knowledge.

And one from the essay itself:


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