Info 218: Concepts of Information

School of Information, UC Berkeley, Spring 2010
Paul Duguid, Geoff Nunberg, instructors

As it's generally used, "information" is a collection of notions, rather than a single coherent concept. In this course, we'll examine 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 literacy, intellectual property, advertising, and the political process? And where does this leave "information studies" and "the information society"?


Paul Duguid, School of Information
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Phone: (510) 643-3894 (but email is surer)

Geoff Nunberg, School of Information
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203A South Hall

Office Hours:

Duguid: Thursday 2:30-4:00 (by appointment)

Nunberg: Tuesday 2:00-3:00 (by appointment)

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