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Launch of the Critical Information Studies (CIS) research group
“ Learning from Luther: 95 Theses about Technology ” Professor John Naughton (Cambridge University) Thursday 3 May 2018, 12.30pm-2.00pm (Lunch at 12.00pm), Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB, Walton Hall, The Open University. (NB: The talk will be accessible r...
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The Cybernetic Hypothesis
The Critical Information Studies Group (CIS, formerly the Difference That Makes a Difference, DTMD, research group - we're in the processes of renaming/refocusing the group) recently had a discussion about The Cybernetic Hypothesis of Tiqqun. Rather than pr...
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Levels, layers, levelism
(This is one of these posts where I just put up miscellaneous odds and ends as a way of making some of my reading more interactive. I drafted it back in March and didn't post it then.)  Exploring Floridi's references in his chapter on "The Method of Levels ...
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Meaning in information theory
Here's something I've been meaning to write about for a long time, addressing a common criticism of Shannon information.   According to many measures of information, as used in
Shannon’s information theory and in algorithmic information theories (Kolmogorov...
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Randomness is nothing. Nothingness is random.
To say that something is random is to say that it conveys no information. That is the true nothing. We know from physics that vacuums, as the complete absence of any matter or energy, don't exist, because the uncertainty principle allows particle-antipartic...
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The line-up for DTMD 2017 at IS4SI. Narrative and Rhetoric: exploring meaning in a digitalised society
The line-up for DTMD 2017 at IS4SI in Gothenburg is now finalised. Here's a brief description. DTMD 2017 is the sixth workshop on understanding the nature of information organised by the DTMD group from The Open University in Milton Keynes, UK. DTMD is abbr...
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Perspectives on Information - now only £28
I've just spotted that you can now buy Perspectives on Information (Routledge, 2011) for as little as £28 . (It originally came out in hardback at about £90!) The book arose out the very first of the DTMD workshops (not that we called it DTMD at the time). ...
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Data rising and information falling
I've been too busy to blog for a while, and I'm still too busy, but here's a quick one. QI, quite interesting, don't you think?  I did the comparison because I suspected that 'information' was going out of favour. I think people might be starting to be more...
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Submission deadline for DTMD 2017 extended to 1 April
The deadline for submitting papers to DTMD 2017 , Information, Narrative and Rhetoric: Exploring Meaning in a Digitalised Society (and to all the conferences at IS4SI ) has been extended to the first of April.

See my previous post for details of DTMD 2017.
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Studentships to study the nature of information at The Open University
The department where I work at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK, is offering two full-time PhD studentships.  The details are here: http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/phd-studentship-10211   Note the deadline of 10th March Applications...
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