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Information asymmetry and power in a surveillance society

Lightfoot, Geoffrey and Wisniewski, Tomasz Piotr (2014). Information asymmetry and power in a surveillance society. Information and Organization, 24(4) pp. 214–235.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infoandorg.2014.09.001
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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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 Elsevier
ISSN: 1471-7727
Keywords: Information asymmetry; Power; Surveillance; Secrecy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Accounting and Finance
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 55379
Depositing User: Tomasz Wisniewski
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2018 15:30
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 01:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55379
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