Solutions for Digital Information Overload

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Modes of Regulation: Markets, Social Norms, Code, and Law

The possible solutions fall into the four categories of Lawrence Lessig's modes of regulation: markets, social norms, code, and law. (From Urs' essay draft)


  • Reputation systems
  • Quality labels, trustmarks

Social Norms

  • Codes of conduct for bloggers, transparency
  • Policies and guidelines at Wikipedia, Netiquette


  • Disclosure standards in health regulation (quality standards, procedural requirements, etc.)
  • Truth-in-advertising regulation
  • Right to correct wrong information


Behavior/Learning (training the dot in the middle)

Miscellaneous ideas:

Can increased collaboration aka Web 2.0 be interpreted as a response to information overload? If passive consumption becomes increasingly difficult and partly even unfeasible in view of an ever more diverse and abundant information environment, then web 2.0 strategies like tagging, remixing, mash-ups, and shared bookmarks can be regarded as essential tools to autonomously structure one's information environment. This reveals an interesting paradox of today's Internet: the very technologies we see at the heart of the information overload problem simultaneously provide us with the tools to combat it.

What is the process of news and information gathering?

  1. grazing
  2. deep dive
  3. feedback loop

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