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Public Administration and Information Technology

Toward Information Justice

Technology, Politics, and Policy for Data in Higher Education Administration

Authors: Johnson, Jeffrey Alan

  • ​Presents a new and comprehensive approach to the problems of information-driven societies that is valuable to data scientists, social and political actors, and academics
  • Offers an important alternative to the scientistic understanding of data and information systems that predominates among data users, which will change how decisionmakers see and use data
  • Creates both a social theory of information and a practical guide for creating and using it to pursue social justice​
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This book presents a theory of information justice that subsumes the question of control and relates it to other issues that influence just social outcomes. ​Data does not exist by nature. Bureaucratic societies must provide standardized inputs for governing algorithms, a problem that can be understood as one of legibility. This requires, though, converting what we know about social objects and actions into data, narrowing the many possible representations of the objects to a definitive one using a series of translations. Information thus exists within a nexus of problems, data, models, and actions that the social actors constructing the data bring to it. This opens information to analysis from social and moral perspectives, while the scientistic view leaves us blind to the gains from such analysis—especially to the ways that embedded values and assumptions promote injustice. Toward Information Justice answers a key question for the 21st Century: how can an information-driven society be just? Many of those concerned with the ethics of data focus on control over data, and argue that if data is only controlled by the right people then just outcomes will emerge. There are serious problems with this control metaparadigm, however, especially related to the initial creation of data and prerequisites for its use. This text is suitable for academics in the fields of information ethics, political theory, philosophy of technology, and science and technology studies, as well as policy professionals who rely on data to reach increasingly problematic conclusions about courses of action.​

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Johnson, Jeffrey Alan

    Pages 1-22

  • Open Data, Big Data, and Just Data

    Johnson, Jeffrey Alan

    Pages 23-49

  • The Construction of Data

    Johnson, Jeffrey Alan

    Pages 51-81

  • The Political Life of Metrics

    Johnson, Jeffrey Alan

    Pages 83-105

  • Distributive Information Justice (And Its Limits)

    Johnson, Jeffrey Alan

    Pages 107-131

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eBook $99.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70894-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70892-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Toward Information Justice
Book Subtitle
Technology, Politics, and Policy for Data in Higher Education Administration
Authors
Series Title
Public Administration and Information Technology
Series Volume
33
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70894-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70894-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70892-8
Series ISSN
2512-1812
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 175
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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