What, if anything, makes knowledge an improvement over information?

Commentary and reactions from the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) Annual Lecture with Professor Steve Fuller at Edinburgh Napier University on Wednesday 30th November 2016.


  1. In this era of smartphones and endless connectivity, we can’t seem to get ‘too much information’. Yet equally, many academics and pundits have long warned of ‘information overload’.
  2. In the ASIST Annual Lecture 2016, Professor Steve Fuller argued that the polarity is itself not new. Indeed, what we value in information as ‘knowledge’ has always required a selective reproduction process, in which information is systematically discarded and altered.
  3. This summary captures the live Twitter commentary and conversation surrounding the lecture.

  4. Live Commentary