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Title: Information asymmetry and power in a surveillance society
Authors: Lightfoot, Geoffrey
Wisniewski, Tomasz P.
First Published: 1-Oct-2014
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Information and Organization 24 (2014) 214–235
Abstract: This paper fuses Lukes' (1974) three-dimensional view of power with the economic concept of informational asymmetry to explicate how access to information is organized and how power relationships arise from this organization. We argue that many observed asymmetries are deliberate and, drawing from the economics and finance literature, we posit that their outcomes are inevitably detrimental. The paper examines the techniques that foster information imbalances, such as media and propaganda, knowledge production, educational systems, legal and organizational structures, exclusive information networks, and surveillance. We conclude that in the absence of greater transparency, the deleterious effects of unequal access to information will continue and deepen. We further suggest that the analysis of the complexities of the issues warrants a broad, multidisciplinary approach and we suggest what this might include.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.infoandorg.2014.09.001
ISSN: 1471-7727
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Information and Organization. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Information and Organization 24 (2014) DOI 10.1016/j.infoandorg.2014.09.001
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