Expert information for non-experts: Inherent and contextual risks of misinformation

A.H. Vedder

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    Abstract

    One of the most significant aspects of Internet, in comparison with other sources of information, such as libraries, books, journals, television, radio etcetera, is that it makes expert knowledge much more accessible to non-experts than the other traditional sources. This phenomenon has often been applauded for its democratizing effects. Unfortunately, there is also a disadvantage. Expert information that was originally intended for a specific group of people ¿ and not in any way processed or adapted to make it fit for a broader audience ¿ can easily be misunderstood and misinterpreted by non-experts and, when used as a basis for decisions, lead to unhappy consequences. Can these risks be diminished without limiting the informational freedoms of the information providers and without imposing paternalistic measures regarding the receivers of the information?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)113-119
    Number of pages7
    JournalICES, Journal for Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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