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Launch of the Open Work-in-Progress “Beyond Privacy” Project


information society through our personal information


Couverture provisoire du livre : Titre : « Vivre entre les lignes : la société de l'information à travers nos information personnelles » - Mentions : « Par delà la vie privée - Livre en chantier ouvert »
This post launch the open work-in-progress drafting of a book  intended for a broad audience: as much curious citizens as specialists in various fields and educators. Its aim: to help understand our information societies from an exploration of the closer reality of our own personal information. Its main challenge: to present useful, but often technical knowledge in clear and simple language. Hence the idea of an open work-in-progress.

The name of the project and the book’s working title: “Beyond Privacy” Project: LIVING BETWEEN THE LINES information society through our personal information.

Chapters will be published as and when they are produced. You are invited to comment. Your comments and suggestions are valuable. They will help improve the discussed contents and the way they are communicated.

Chapters are first published in the work-in-progress blog on pierrot-peladeau.net. Following each chapter, you will find a discussion space to receive your comments. A parallel version in French is systematically offered.

Waiting for your comments. I wish you an enjoyable reading.

State of the project

Information about the current state of the project can be found on this page.

Here are the links to the Table of Contents and the Table of Notions.

History of the project

In 2004, I was scientific advisor to a documentary project for which Radio-Canada had agreed to be the first broadcaster.

To feed the script, I produced a list of notions useful to understand the properties and roles of personal information. The first list well exceeded 80 notions. Too long for a movie or even a mini-series. I was able to reduce this number to 21.

Unfortunately, the documentary was never shot. Because the producers preferred to make an author film rather than scientific popularization one.

However, the list of 21 notions was used in an adults’ education pilot experiment. This project, funded by the Canadian Council on Learning, was carried out in 2008 by Communautique. This trial demonstrated the feasibility of transmitting these ideas from any adult’s personal experiences. Including to people unfamiliar with the use of computer or with low literacy.

The experiment continued in 2009-2010 as part of a regular column on the Citoyen numérique (Digital Citizen) radio show on CIBL 101,5 Montreal. A parallel written column was published on a blog of the National Film Board’s CITIZENShift site. Then in 2011, with bachelor of laws degree students in an Information & Law course at UQAM.

In 2012, the project continues with this open book drafting exercise.

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