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.
Part I: The Matrix of Information 1. Gary Marx, Genies: Bottled and Unbottled. Some Thoughts Properties of Information 2. Mireille Hildebrandt, Properties and property of information Part II: The Powers of Information 3. Julie Cohen, Between Truth and Power 4. Linnet Taylor, Data subjects or data citizens? Addressing the global regulatory challenge of big data Part III: What freedom of what information? 5. David Koepsell and Philip Serracino Inglott: ICT’s Architecture of Freedom 6. Alexandra Couto, Justice, freedom of expression and copyright Part IV An infra-ethics for an information society? 7. Luciano Floridi, The Design of Infraethics 8. Bibi van den Berg, Coping with information overload and information underload: Hemming in freedom of information through decision support.