Information Policy Research and Publishing Group

The evolving global information society and economy is characterised by greater dependence on information. One of the biggest challenges facing the information society today is how to manage and integrate an ever increasing amount of information across agencies, industry, and academia in both private and public sector agencies. Information practices are influenced by several forces: economic, societal and international. In light of the recognition of information as valued societal resource, policy governing its use and distribution takes on even greater importance. As new technologies and new uses of existing technologies emerge policy considerations governing its use and distribution come to the fore for those concerned including private sector information managers, public policy makers, the research community and society in general. It is imperative that information policy issues be examined systematically in an interdisciplinary environment.
The Information Policy Research Group is a multidisciplinary research team for the study of the intersections between the policies, ethical, political, social and legal aspects of the global information society. The Group’s research and scholarship focuses on such key information policy issues as intellectual property, privacy, intellectual freedom, access to information, censorship, cyber law, and the complex array of government, corporate, and global information practices and policies.

Mission

Facilitate information policy research through its research agenda, lecture series, consulting and out-reach activities information policy, including, but not limited to, ethical, cultural, technological or political issues as they relate to the information professions, systems, and infrastructures that make up the global information society.

Activities

The research group performs the following tasks:

  • Investigates key public policy issues relating to information use, retrieval, access, privacy, knowledge management and governance and aid in the conduct of future research.
  • Promotes interdisciplinary policy debates on how information (ICTs) could be brought into the service of development.
  • Supports discussions of key policy issues which cut across diverse technologies and disciplines or move between the public and the private sector. 
  • Welcomes formal and informal collaborations with other scholars, institutions and agencies interested in information ethics, law or policy. 
  • Group members are available for consultations, advisement, presentations, and related outreach opportunities.

Expected Outcome

  • Publishable research papers/reports on key public policy issues relating to information use, retrieval, access, privacy, knowledge management and governance.
  • Interdisciplinary policy debates on how information (ICTs) informs development.
  • Discussions involving the public sector and the private actors on key policy issues cutting across diverse technologies and disciplines.
  • Formal and informal collaborations with other scholars, institutions and agencies interested in information ethics, law or policy. 
  • Consultancies, advisements, presentations, and related outreach activities.

Membership

Staff from EASLIS within the College of Computing and Information Studies; however, people from other colleges and institutions are welcome to join the group.

Projects

  • The groups will initiate a variety of projects, work with policymakers to assist them in learning how information is used, managed and protected in the private sector.
  • Responsible use policies
  • Information security and data protection policies
  • Copyright policies
  • Information flow monitoring and standards policies
  • Information access policies
  • Ethics in Computer usage

Special Events

Group Leader:

Dr. George Kiyingi

Key Researchers:

Prof. Ikoja Odongo
Dr. George Kiyingi
Mr. Robert Kayiki
Dr. Eunice Ssendikadiwa
Mr. Godfrey Aziyo

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