Since the last decades of the twentieth century, information has become increasingly commonplace: an everyday commercial and cultural commodity, ubiquitous in our daily lives. The idea of information has taken on a new importance and value. Theorists such as Frank Webster, Manuel Castells, Anthony Giddens and Jürgen Habermas have discussed the notion of our contemporary world as an ‘information society’, as information has become recognized ‘as a distinguishing feature of the modern world’.1 The issues of the information age surround us in public debate, in political discourse and in cultural considerations: the ‘surveillance state’, personal privacy, information design, the collection of information, information access and information dissemination, amongst many other issues.
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