Info 218: Concepts of Information
School of Information, UC Berkeley, Spring 2012
As it's generally used, "information" is a collection of notions, rather than a single coherent concept. In this course, through readings, discussions, exercises, and lectures, we'll examine various conceptions of information based in information theory, philosophy, social science, law, economics, and history. Issues include: How compatible are these conceptions; can we talk about "information" in the abstract? What work do these various notions play in discussions of the public sphere, the media, the political process and political science, economics, organization studies, and just plain search? We'll also explore the implications of the range of conceptions for "information studies" and "the information society"?
Room:205 South Hall
PAUL DUGUID, School of Information
GEOFFREY NUNBERG, School of Information
Phone: (510) 643-3894 (but email is surer:)
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