To Know or not to Know: A Moral Reflection on Information Poverty

@article{Britz2004ToKO,
  title={To Know or not to Know: A Moral Reflection on Information Poverty},
  author={Johannes J. Britz},
  journal={Journal of Information Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={30},
  pages={192 - 204}
}
  • J. Britz
  • Published 1 June 2004
  • Economics
  • Journal of Information Science
This article reflects, from an ethical perspective, on the problem of information poverty. Information poverty is defined as that situation in which individuals and communities, within a given context, do not have the requisite skills, abilities or material means to obtain efficient access to information, interpret it and apply it appropriately. It is further characterized by a lack of essential information and a poorly developed information infrastructure. It is argued in this article that… 
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