Informational vs. Semiotic Views

I’ve been working on a paper that is based on part of my dissertation. It challenges the idea of semantic in semantic technologies. It turns out that Søren Brier had a similar idea. I almost wish I’d read his book before writing the dissertation. It’s good to be validated. The informational paradigm is based on […]

Information as Ontologization

UPDATE: Published in Early View. I received notification this morning that my manuscript, Information as Ontologization has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Abstract: The traditional view of data, information and knowledge as a hierarchy fosters an understanding of information as an independent entity with […]

Information & Privacy

Floridi (1999) Information Ethics: On the philosophical foundations of Computer Ethics, Ethics and Information Technology 1:33-52, DOI: 10.1023/A:1010018611096 On privacy as a case of information ethics: [p. 52-53:] Privacy does not play a significant role in standard macroethics because it is the property of a class of objects as patients, not of actions. It becomes […]

What Is Philosophy of Information?

Philosophy of Information (PI) is “the new philosophical field concerned with (a) the critical investigation of the conceptual nature and basic principles of information, including its dynamics, utilisation and sciences; and (b) the elaboration and application of information-theoretic and computational methodologies to philosophical problems.” (Floridi, 2011, p. 46). PI is a phenomenology like philosophy of […]

About my dissertation…

My dissertation research, which I successfully defended a couple weeks ago, focused on the question of semantic interoperability among sociotechnical systems—how a meaningful exchange of information can be accomplished across human cultural and technological boundaries using tags in folksonomies. Folksonomies reflect the cognitive schemas of dominant cultures when they are aggregated. The minority cultural voices […]