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Information Governance or Information Intelligence

Information is the new gold in our society.  Use of it, access to it, manipulation of it is the driver of our economy.

We crave it so  much, that we have to have it around us at all times; iphones, droids, smart phones are all conduits to see who can get the most information fastest.  Our most valuable commodity is information (to borrow a line from Gordon Gekko).  Stock markets are driven by who thinks they have the better information: a person buying stock has information that perhaps a seller doesn’t have.  After the busiest shopping day of the year (black Friday) news tickers are releasing information on how much was spent in the last 24 hours; information upon which “economist” begin producing more information – predicating our economic future for the upcoming months.

(This seems like a good time to interject the recent debates about WikiLeaks … but the concept is the same: the desire for information even at the sake of martyrdom)

So the question is … should it be controlled?  Should information be limited, restricted? If so, how should it be governed?  What type of governance – socialism, democracy, autocracy?

To answer this quest I have tried to find articles and writers who help bring democratic ways of allowing access to data by the people.  I am a believer that access to information that allows for intellectual growth is the best path to success.   This has led to the need to separate the concepts of “Information Intelligence” from the concepts of “Information Governance.”

Some “writers” have intertwined Information Intelligence with Information Governance, as to leave little of no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.  Information Intelligence is produced by our wants and Information Governance by restraint. The former promotes our desire to expand our information boundaries, the latter desires to place boundaries.  The one encourages associations, the other creates distinctions.  The first is a patron, the last is a governor.

I am not sure where this search will take me, but I look forward to finding more articles and writers who help promote the two counterparts and how to allow them to live in harmony.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2011 in Information Governance

 

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