Kay Mathiesen is an Associate Professor with a research focus on information and computer ethics and justice. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of California, Irvine. She uses her expertise in social epistemology, ethics, social philosophy, and political philosophy to analyze ethical issues related to persons and communities as seekers, sources, and subjects of knowledge and information. She has written a number of papers on human rights and democracy as they relate to information access and control.
She is currently working on a book project titled Informational Justice. This project seeks to answer such questions as:
Do we have a right to know? If so, what? And what duties does that right place on ourselves, other citizens, and governments?
Do we have rights to control how we are depicted and what information is circulated about us? If so, how do such rights interact with others rights to communicate?
Is freedom of expression sufficient to allow for full participation of marginalized groups in the public infosphere? If not, how can we foster greater inclusion?
She also works on ethical issues related to computers and the digital environment. This work includes articles and chapters on contemporary debates surrounding Fake News and Digital Privacy.
• “Fake News and the Limits of Freedom of Speech,” Media Ethics: Free Speech and the Requirements of Democracy, Carl Fox and Joe Saunders editors, Routledge [forthcoming].
• “Fake News and Critical Thinking,” Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News. Denise Agosto, editor. ABC-Clio Publishers, 2018.
• “The Greatest Liar has his Believers’: The Social Epistemology of Political Lying” [first author, with Don Fallis], Political Ethics, Emily Crookston, David Kiloren, and Johnathan Trerise editors. Routledge. 2017: 35-53.
• “Informational Justice: A Social Justice Framework for Library and Information Services,” Library Trends issue on Social Justice in Library and Information Science and Services, Vol. 64, No. 2, 2015: 198-225.
• “Human Rights as a Subject and Guide for Library and Information Science Research and Practice,” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Vol. 66, No. 7, 2015: 1305-1322.
• “Towards a Political Philosophy of Information,” Library Trends issue on Exploring Philosophies of Information, Vol. 63, No. 3, 2015: 427-447.
• “Human Rights for the Digital Age,” Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Vol. 29, No. 1, 2014: 2-18
• “The Internet, Children, and Privacy: The Case Against Parental Monitoring,” Ethics and Information Technology, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2013: 263-274