Information Ethics, Globalization and Citizenship

Essays on Ideas to Praxis

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About the Book

The boundaries of citizenship have been blurred by global information systems—while the public and private spheres have been reshaped through globalization (and colonialism and capitalism).
This collection of new essays explores information and citizenship in the digital age from a range of perspectives, presenting cautionary tales along with possibilities for “decolonizing” digital information and literacy. Topics include Wikileaks and the dissolution of information; ethical issues for teachers, policy makers and librarians; and creating safe spaces through ethical librarianship.

About the Author(s)

Toni Samek is a professor and chair of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. A convener of the Canadian Library Association’s Advisory Committee on Intellectual Freedom and a two term member of the Canadian university academic freedom and tenure committee, she is on the Advisory Board of the new Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University and lives in St. Albert.
Lynette Shultz is an associate dean, international, and director of the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Research at the University of Alberta. She has published on education policy, democracy, social justice and global citizenship, and teaches global governance and educational leadership at the University of Alberta and the Universidade Católica de Brasilia. She lives in Edmonton.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Toni Samek and Lynette Shultz
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 7 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6772-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2920-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Poetry (David James Hudson) 7

Citizenship in the Digital Age (Rafael Capurro) 11

Response to Rafael Capurro’s “Citizenship in the Digital Age” (Jared Bielby) 31

Decolonizing Information Ethics for the Liberation of Knowledge (Lynette Shultz and Ali A. Abdi) 34

Watching Out for the Olympians! Reading the CSEC Slides (Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair) 46

Response to Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair’s “Watching

Out for the Olympians! Reading the CSEC Slides” (Tony Doyle) 62

Literacies Future Past: Inwardness as Ethical Information

(Carolina Cambre and Adeela ­Arshad-Ayaz) 64

WikiLeaks and the Dissolution of Information: Accountability

to Information Entropy (Jared Bielby) 80

Response to Jared Bielby’s “WikiLeaks and the Dissolution

of Information: Accountability to Information Entropy” (Tony Doyle) 109

The Digital Closet and Global Access to LGBTQ* Information

on the Internet: Ethical and Empirical Issues for Teachers,

Librarians, Parents and Public Policymakers (Alvin M. Schrader) 111

Libraries and LGBTQ* Youth Experiencing Homelessness:

Creating Safe Spaces Through Ethical Librarianship (Julie Ann Winkelstein) 156

The Public Library and Social Justice (John Pateman) 169

Ethical Issues for Young Professionals at a Large Canadian

Urban Library (Amanda Bird, Peter Maguire and Carla Iacchelli) 178

About the Contributors 193

Index 195