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Abstract

The 2008 ASIS&T Annual Meeting marks the 25th anniversary of the Special Interest Group for International Information Issues. During this time the global impact of information has grown exponentially, both in terms of available information sources and how people use these sources.

The members of SIG-III will present a panel looking at the past 25 years of international information issues and SIG-III's role in bringing these issues to ASIS&T as a whole for consideration and debate. Toni Carbo, one of the co-founders of SIG-III, will keynote this retrospection.

A look at the past 25 years of international information offers a lens with which to view potential trends and developments in the future. Toni Carbo, Bharat Mehra, Yunfei Du, and Aaron Bowen will present a “state of the union” on aspects of international information and will evaluate trends and developments which may occur during the next 25 years. Toni will examine privacy, security, and trust. Bharat will examine access and development. Yunfei will examine the digital divide and the knowledge gap. Aaron will examine censorship. All presenters will consider the costs and benefits each topic has accrued for different countries, further challenges with respect to each topic, and potential answers countries may apply to these challenges.