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IT policy scholar Sandra Braman to speak Oct. 24 on Information, Policy, and Power in the Informational State'


When the stock market crashed on Oct. 19, 1987, many believed that computers programmed to automatically sell large amounts of a stock if it fell below a certain level exacerbated the decline. Computers programmed to flag individuals who meet a series of characteristics help government officials profile terrorist suspects. In such a world, information and communication technologies are creating the need for post-human laws, or laws that govern machines rather than people, according to author and scholar Sandra Braman, who coined the term.
Braman, a communication professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present Information, Policy, and Power in the Informational State Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in the Katzer Collaboratory, Room 347 of Hinds Hall. Sponsored by the School of Information Studies and SU's Information Technology and Services, the lecture is open to all campus and community members. A reception will be held immediately following the lecture.
In her talk, Braman will discuss many of the ideas presented in her new book, Change of State: Information, Policy, and Power (MIT Press, 2006). She will explore how the law, research on the empirical world, and social theory combine to reveal visible trends in the identities of the state and its citizens; social, technological and informational structures; the borders of those structures; and the ways in which those structures change. She will examine how information policy crosses traditional legal silos to affect U.S. society.
Braman earned a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has published more than four dozen articles, book chapters and books, and serves on the editorial board of nine scholarly journals. For more than 20 years, she has studied the macro-level effects of the use of new technologies and their policy implications. 
For more information, contact Jennifer Pulver in the School of Information Studies at (315) 443-2736 or

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