Infostorms: How to Take Information Punches and Save Democracy

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9783319038315: Infostorms: How to Take Information Punches and Save Democracy

Infostorms the book, is now a Research Center; Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS)

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The information society is upon us and with it comes the constant barrage of information accessible wherever, whenever. This book explores the role of knowledge (or lack thereof) prevalent in society, and investigates the dangers lurking in information technology and democracy as a whole.

Information is a condition for a robust democracy; people should vote based on sound information. But sound information doesn’t come easy and without labor. It must be properly handled and formatted before it is useful for deliberation, decision and action. In the information age, understanding the means by which information is processed becomes a crucial democratic instrument for the individual as well as the group.

With points of departure in philosophy, social psychology, economics, and choice- and game theory, Infostorms shows how information may be used to improve the quality of personal decision and group thinking but also warns against the informational pitfalls which modern information technology may amplify. Covering topics including the continued war efforts, the social media success, polarization in politics, stock, science or opinion bubbles this book’s broad approach offers an excellent overview on information (technology) and valuable guidance on how to take information punches.


This book should be read by everyone interested in network formation and researchers interested in decision making behavior.”

- Robert A. Becker, Professor of Economics, Indiana University, Bloomington


The result is a showpiece of socially responsible fundamental science.”

- Johan van Benthem
, Professor of Logic and Philosophy, University of Amsterdam & Stanford University

Drawing on many different disciplines and traditions, Infostorms offers an analysis of these forces that is indispensable for everyone who is invested, as we all should be, in the value and the future of democracy.”

- Philip Pettit, L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University; University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University

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The information society is upon us and with it comes the constant barrage of information accessible wherever, whenever. This book explores the role of knowledge (or lack thereof) prevalent in society, and investigates the dangers lurking in information technology and democracy as a whole.

Information is a condition for a robust democracy; people should vote based on sound information. But sound information doesn’t come easy and without labor. It must be properly handled and formatted before it is useful for deliberation, decision and action. In the information age, understanding the means by which information is processed becomes a crucial democratic instrument for the individual as well as the group.

With points of departure in philosophy, social psychology, economics and choice- and game theory, Infostorms shows how information may be used to improve the quality of personal decision and group thinking but also warns against the informational pitfalls which modern information technology may amplify. Covering topics including the continued war efforts, the social media success, polarization in politics, stock, science or opinion bubbles and what it really is; this book’s broad approach offers an excellent overview on information and valuable guidance on how to take information punches.

”This book should be read by everyone interested in network formation and researchers interested in decision making behavior. ”

- Robert A. Becker, Professor of Economics, Indiana University, Bloomington

“The result is a showpiece of socially responsible fundamental science.”

- Johan van Benthem , Professor of Logic and Philosophy, University of Amsterdam & Stanford University

“Drawing on many different disciplines and traditions, Infostorms offers an analysis of these forces that is indispensable for everyone who is invested, as we all should be, in the value and the future of democracy.”

- Philip Pettit, L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University; University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University.

About the Author:

Vincent F. Hendricks is Professor of Formal Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Elite Researcher of the Danish State. He is the author of many books, among them (Agency & Interaction, forthcoming 2013), Mainstream and Formal Epistemology (Cambridge University Press, 2007) The Convergence of Scientific Knowledge (Springer, 2001). He is also the author and editor of numerous papers and books on formal epistemology, methodology and logic. Hendricks is editor-in-Chief of Synthese and Synthese Library.

Pelle Guldborg Hansen is Behavioral Researcher at Roskilde University; Director of ISSP – The Initiative of Science, Society & Policy at Roskilde University and University of Southern Denmark; and member of the Prevention Council of the Danish Diabetes Assoc. He is also heading the collaborative venture iNudgeYou.com and chairman of the Danish Nudging Network. Pelle has a Ph.D. degree in game theoretical modeling of social conventions and norms. His main research revolves around real world applications of game theoretic as well as behavioral economics, especially so-called ‘nudge’-interventions, within a wide range of arenas: from bank-mobility and conformity to tax regulation over organ-donation and street littering to registration processes within Public Authorities. His research and work have been reported by The Economist, Foreign Policy and CNN.com. In 2010 he founded as well as became the Chairman of The Danish Nudging Network that comprises more than 60 governmental institutions, municipalities, universities, organizations and businesses.

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