Information Inequality

Lily Todorinova (Rutgers Libraries)

In this seminar, we will develop an understanding of information as a commodity, with a richly contested value for both individuals and societies. The seminar will engage with different types of information inequalities, such as those between economically rich/poor societies, as well as situations where information is restricted or censored. From the level of societies, information is politically and economically charged. The ubiquity of information technology in the West makes it easy to overlook the persistence of vast areas of information poverty in the world. This global digital divide of access to technology and information literacy continues to threaten human rights, development goals, and political stability. Information also has a private and personal value. We will examine case studies of how governments and corporations quantify information and what this means about our own information “worth.” In addition to class discussions, we will develop information literacy skills and use scholarly resources available through the Rutgers University Library to explore these topics. The seminar will culminate in a research proposal on an issue related to information inequality and its effects on local and global communities.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 82 index 16863