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Global Information Literacy

Special issue call for papers from Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

Guest editor: Jo Smedley,  Professor in Digital Learning, Halmstad University, Sweden.  

Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication is an inter- and cross- disciplinary double-blind peer reviewed journal. It publishes contemporary research and practice which explores the way that people and organisations interact with information. It is concerned with information innovation and developments, as they relate to global knowledge, communication and world memory.   

An important element of success in the information world is information integrity.  This can be defined as the accuracy, consistency and reliability of information (Nayar, 1999) Information with a lower level of trust associated with it represents a personal or organisational risk with potential limitations on the overall impact of business success and organisational health.  Poor information quality can result in loss of revenue, reduced productivity, negative brand image, potential legal problems, and a slide in organisational market positioning value (Thomas, 2002). Therefore, information integrity is acknowledged as an essential part of enabling and supporting successful business decisions to be made.   

With the acknowledged importance of information integrity, the recent emergence of fake news presents challenges With disinformation spread via print, broadcast or online social media, fake news is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and/or gain financially or politically.  This may use sensationalist, dishonest, or fabricated headlines to increase readership, online sharing, and Internet click revenue. For media outlets, the ability to attract viewers to their websites is necessary to generate online advertising revenue. Fake news threatens to undermine conventional media coverage.   As an important element of modern-day democracy, it is vital therefore that information generated regarding global developments maintains its reliability in currency and value