What is information? – one of five deep scientific questions

The term ‘electronically stored information’ (ESI, as coined by the Sedona Conference) seems pretty harmless when viewed in terms of electronic discovery/disclosure.

When I first came across the description for ESI and the usage of the meaning of ‘information’, my heart sank.

What is information? Do we know what we are addressing when we talk about information? Is information power/knowledge or just something that makes our life comfortable, miserable or just useful?

Perhaps more interesting is ‘Whose information are we talking about?’

Science (or rather human ingenuity) offers lots of interesting questions as highlighted in an interesting article Five Deep Questions in Computing by Prof. Jeannette M. Wing

Thanks to my friend, Conrad (BCS Knowledge, Information & Metadata Management) for passing on Prof. Jeannette Wing’s article.

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