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Homeland Security and Information Control: A Model of Asymmetric Information Flows

Terrence A. Maxwell

Presented at ASIST 2003 Annual Meeting -- Humanizing Information Technology: From Ideas to Bits and Back (ASIST AM 03 2003), Westin Long Beach, Long Beach, California, October 20 - 23, 2003


In response to international terrorism, the United States government has actively sought to reorganize information flows to and from individuals, the media, and other nations. These government actions lead to information asymmetry, with certain realms becoming relatively ‘information poor.’ While the short term effects of asymmetrical information flows appear to be positive for the government, are relatively neutral for individuals and the media, they increase global distrust of US governmental actions, which may adversely affect global stability. Finally, any complete analysis of the impacts of controlling information flows must include an understanding of what constitutes security, and the appropriate balance between information disclosure and secrecy in a democratic society.

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