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Accepted Contribution:

Faith in the hope of information  
Ronald Day (Indiana University at Bloomington)

Short abstract:

To have hope in information technology is to have faith in the technologies of information.

Long abstract:

To have hope in information technology is to have faith in the technologies of information. Hope in the technologies of information subsists only as long as information technology promises to work out, and such working out must be both technological and sociocultural. When we lose hope in information technology it is often not because information technology breaks down, but because it succeeds in delivering to us information, but information we don't fully trust and so we can’t have faith in. Technologically, we then often adopt a faith that information technology will prevail if we just can design it better, when the primary problem is not information technology alone, but rather the technologies of information supposed with such. It may work out, but for whom, how, and why? The technology of information is composed of sociocultural, not just technical elements. It is conceived within contexts of tradition and rhetoric, desires, expectations, and disappointments. That is, within the contexts of hope and hopelessness, trust and faith.

What then happens to our faith in information technology and the technologies of information when our hopes are disappointed? Can we ever lose hope in information or is hope always implicit in such?

Combined Format Open Panel P189
The ends of hope: post-optimistic futures worth working towards
  Session 1 Friday 19 July, 2024, -