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Information, Freedom and Property

The Philosophy of Law Meets the Philosophy of Technology, 1st Edition

Edited by Mireille Hildebrandt, Bibi van den Berg


202 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book addresses issues on the nexus of freedom of and property in information, while acknowledging that both hiding and exposing information may affect our privacy. It inquires into the physics, the technologies, the business models, the governmental strategies and last but not least the legal frameworks concerning access, organisation and control of information. It debates whether it is in the very nature of information to be either free or monopolized, or both. Analysing upcoming power structures, new types of colonization and attempts to replace legal norms with techno-nudging, this book also presents the idea of an infra-ethics capable of pre-empting our pre-emption. It discusses the interrelations between open access, the hacker ethos, the personal data economy, and freedom of information, highlighting the ephemeral but pivotal role played by information in a data-driven society. This book is a must-read for those working on the contemporary dimensions of freedom of information, data protection, and intellectual property rights.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Matrix of Information 1. Gary Marx, Genies: Bottled and Unbottled. Some Thoughts Properties of Information2. Mireille Hildebrandt, Properties and property of information Part II: The Powers of Information 3. Julie Cohen, Between Truth and Power4. Linnet Taylor, Data subjects or data citizens? Addressing the global regulatory challenge of bigdata Part III: What freedom of what information? 5. David Koepsell and Philip Serracino Inglott: ICT’s Architecture of Freedom6. Alexandra Couto, Justice, freedom of expression and copyright Part IV An infra-ethics for an information society? 7. Luciano Floridi, The Design of Infraethics8. Bibi van den Berg, Coping with information overload and information underload: Hemming infreedom of information through decision support.

About the Editors

Mireille Hildebrandt is a tenured Research Professor of 'Interfacing Law and Technology' at the Faculty of Law and Criminology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She also holds the parttime Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Science Faculty of Radboud University.

Bibi van den Bergis an associate professor and research director at eLaw, the Center for Law and Digital Technologies at the Law School of Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Internet / General
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / General
LAW / General
LAW / Intellectual Property / General
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Computer & Internet
LAW / Privacy