A Case for a Critical Information Ethics

Lessons Learned from Research Justice


Information ethics as taught in academic information literacy treats students as consumers, largely ignores the broader sociopolitical context of academic knowledge creation and, through a lack of critical analysis, reproduces Eurocentrism and colonialism in the information literacy classroom and literature. We propose applying a critical information ethics inspired by research justice that emphasizes solidarity with marginalized people and communities, respect for community knowledge, and moral integrity related to situated knowledge versus capitalist notions of information as a commodity.

Pre-print first published online 01/20/2019

Author Biographies

Gr Keer, California State University, East Bay

Online Learning & Outreach Librarian, Associate Librarian

Jeffra Diane Bussmann, California State University, East Bay

Associate Librarian