Journal of Information Architecture

SPRING 2021, VOL 6 ISS 1 — Landscapes

Presence, Thing-ness, and World-hood


So, where were we?
The publication of the Spring 2021 issue marks the beginning of a new cycle in the life of the Journal of Information Architecture, and brings with it a few long-awaited changes.

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The Architecture of Algorithm-driven Persuasion

Persuasion is a process that aims to utilize (true or false) information to change people’s attitudes in relation to something, usually as a precursor to behavioural change. Its use is prevalent in democratic societies, which do not, in principle, permit censorship of information or the use of force to enact power. The transition of information to the internet, particularly with the rise of social media, together with the capacity to capture, store and process big data, and advances in machine learning, have transformed the way modern persuasion is conducted. This has led to new opportunities for persuaders, but also to well-documented instances of abuse: fake news, Cambridge Analytica, foreign interference in elections, etc.. We investigate large-scale technology-based persuasion, with the help of three case studies derived from secondary sources, in order to identify and describe the underlying technology architecture and propose issues for future research, including a number of ethical concerns.

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Design Notes

On the Information Architecture of Music

The article frames music through the lens of information architecture in order to infer a few considerations on information architecture through the lens of music, and is a thoroughly revised and expanded version of the author’s opening keynote at World Information Architecture Day in Verona, Italy, February 18 2017.

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Spring 2021 is the current open issue of the Journal of Information Architecture. Papers and contributions will be added regularly until the issue is closed in June of 2021. Andrea Resmini is the Editor-in-Chief for the issue.