Information Inequality

Lily Todorinova (Rutgers Libraries)

In this course, we will develop an understanding of information as a
commodity, with a richly contested value for both individuals and societies.
This course 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 course will culminate in a research proposal on an
issue related to information inequality and its effects on local and global

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 52 index 06569