Critical Information Policy Studies (CIPS) is one of the seven concentrations within the Master of Information program at the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto. This LibGuide is an introduction to resources in this field.
For more on the CIPS concentration: http://ischool.utoronto.ca/areas-of-study/critical-information-studies/ | Watch a video (below) describing the CIPS concentration.
CIPS professionals identify, critically describe, and interpret all aspects of the information life-cycle within the full range of social contexts. They work within the public and private sectors to ensure the creation of beneficial policies, programs, and strategies. There are many kinds of employment opportunities. See the Careers section of http://ischool.utoronto.ca/areas-of-study/critical-information-studies/
CIPS encompasses topics such as: the digital divide, open data, open government, data protection, privacy, intellectual property, surveillance, cybersecurity, telecommunication policy, copyright, consumer rights, as well as how forms of new media, new distribution channels and delivery systems are changing things at the individual, organization, and societal level. Critical investigation of practices include: the use of body scanners, cloud computing, Google Street View, social networking, and the emerging technologies upon which we increasingly rely.
This guide is maintained by Nalini K. Singh, Inforum librarian. To suggest resources for inclusion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is based on guide created by Carolyn Pecoskie, MI candidate (2014–2016), as an iSchool Student Assistantship project under the guidance of Professor Leslie Regan Shade. Recent updates: Madison Stoner, Inforum Student Assistant: 2019/2020 & Elyse Hill, Inforum Student Assistant: 2018/2019
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