The Nonlinear Origins of Free Will

piero scaruffi is an author, cultural historian and blogger who posted: … The problem of free will is framed incorrectly. The “I” that is supposed to have free will does not exist: it is something that changes all the time, because at every instant countless cells of the body change including countless cells of the […]

Identities, Part 2

Continued from Part 1… Moreover, “I” am always learning, growing, changing. However my emergent experience is always shaped by past experience. There is an anchoring that reflects the idea of the peach-pit. But there is also an adaptability over time that reflects the idea of growing or acquiring onion layers. In accord with the idea […]

Inter-organizational Coordination in the Wild

I received notification the other day that my manuscript, Inter-organizational Coordination in the Wild: Trust-Building and Collaboration among Field Level ICT Workers in Humanitarian Relief Organizations, has been accepted for publication in Voluntas. Abstract: As many NGOs find themselves responding to the same crises, they have realized the potential benefits of coordinating their information and […]

Identities, Part 1

I’ve been reflecting a lot recently on the concept of identity. I claim in my dissertation and elsewhere that we have multiple cultural identities. This seems straightforwardly true to me, given that I subscribe to the idea that we use different sets of cultural schemas to manage our interactions with others and the world. However […]

Qualitative Research is…

Most of use would find it easier to conduct research if there were more clear set of rules to follow, if we could be assured that the paths of least resistance would be the most fruitful, or if were we guaranteed at least one “aha” moment in which it all fell into place and the […]

Informational vs. Semiotic Views

I’ve been working on a paper that is based on part of my dissertation. It challenges the idea of semantic in semantic technologies. It turns out that Søren Brier had a similar idea. I almost wish I’d read his book before writing the dissertation. It’s good to be validated. The informational paradigm is based on […]

Information as Ontologization

UPDATE: Published in Early View. I received notification this morning that my manuscript, Information as Ontologization has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Abstract: The traditional view of data, information and knowledge as a hierarchy fosters an understanding of information as an independent entity with […]

Information & Privacy

Floridi (1999) Information Ethics: On the philosophical foundations of Computer Ethics, Ethics and Information Technology 1:33-52, DOI: 10.1023/A:1010018611096 On privacy as a case of information ethics: [p. 52-53:] Privacy does not play a significant role in standard macroethics because it is the property of a class of objects as patients, not of actions. It becomes […]


From Brier, S. (2008) Cybersemiotics, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, p. 12: …we can see that inquiry is never disinterested. As Popper and Peirce point out, it is usually an answer to questions or problems. Truth is not merely socially determined, so it seems that the questions of what, how, and why are always intertwined. […]