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The Past, Present, and Future of Information Policy: Towards a normative theory of the information society

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Duff, A. S. (2004)
The Past, Present, and Future of Information Policy: Towards a normative theory of the information society. Information, Communication and Society, 7(1), 69-87. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118042000208906
The profile of information policy in academic and policy-making circles has been rising in recent decades, a function, presumably, of the expansion of an 'information society'...

Needing NoDI (normal democratic information)? The problem of information poverty in post-industrial society

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Duff, A. S. (2015)
Needing NoDI (normal democratic information)? The problem of information poverty in post-industrial society. Information, Communication and Society, 18(1), 63-77. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118x.2014.934389
The paper addresses one of the main paradoxes of post-industrial society: information poverty. While digital divides of various types have been extensively theorized and resea...

The census as an information source in public policy-making.

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Killick, L., Hall, H., Duff, A., & Deakin, M. (2016)
The census as an information source in public policy-making. Journal of Information Science, 42(3), 386-395. https://doi.org/10.1177/0165551516628471
This paper provides an assessment of the value of national population censuses as information sources with specific reference to UK census data and its use in policy-making. M...

Social welfare aspects of information with special reference to news.

Conference Proceeding
Duff, A. (2003)
Social welfare aspects of information with special reference to news. In P. Isaias, & A. Palma dos Reis (Eds.), Proceedings of the IADIS (International Association for Development of the Information Society) International Conference on e-Society, 773-776
The information society thesis, according to which economically advanced nations are undergoing transformation into post-industrial, information-based societies, can, with cav...

Power to the Population? the population census under review.

Conference Proceeding
Killick, L., Duff, A., Hall, H., & Deakin, M. (2016)
Power to the Population? the population census under review. In ACTIS 2015, (27-34
Many regard the population census as the backbone of national statistics. It is also regarded as a national institution; a data source held in high regard by the academic, pol...

Rating the revolution: Silicon Valley in normative perspective

Journal Article
Duff, A. S. (2016)
Rating the revolution: Silicon Valley in normative perspective. Information, Communication and Society, 19(11), 1605-1621. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118x.2016.1142594
Silicon Valley, California – home of Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and so on – is widely regarded as the epicentre of the information revolution. However, it is not just a...

Computopia Revisited: Yoneji Masuda’s Realistic Utopianism

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Duff, A., & Ito, Y. (in press)
Computopia Revisited: Yoneji Masuda’s Realistic Utopianism. Keio communication review, 42,
Utopianism has always had a bad press. The whole genre, not least classics such as Thomas More’s Utopia (More, 1516), Robert Owen’s New View of Society (Owen, 1813), and Willi...

Inspecting the bad society? Bentham’s panopticon revisited.

Journal Article
Duff, A. (2016)
Inspecting the bad society? Bentham’s panopticon revisited. The Asian Conference on Technology, Information & Society, 13-25
In Panopticon; or, The Inspection-House (2008 [1797]), the utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham outlined what he perceived to be a model prison, based on ‘the inspection-pri...

Daniel Bell's theory of the information society.

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Duff, A. (2009)
Daniel Bell's theory of the information society. In B. Smart (Ed.), Post-Industrial Society, 201-232. Sage
Daniel Bell is recognised to be the foremost writer on the information society. The paper expounds his writings in detail, showing their development from the 1960s to the 1990...

Cyber-Green: idealism in the information age

Journal Article
Duff, A. S. (2015)
Cyber-Green: idealism in the information age. Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, 13(2), 146-164. https://doi.org/10.1108/jices-10-2014-0049
Purpose This paper retrieves relevant aspects of the work of idealist thinker T.H. Green in order to improve comprehension of, and policy responses to, various dilemmas facing...

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