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Information Management professionals working for intelligence organizations: ethics and deontology implications

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Archive and information management experts trained in library science programs are ideal candidates for jobs in intelligence organizations. Their skills, abilities and knowledge are frequently required in at least two well-defined areas: open source information gathering and records management/archival organisation. Under the general overview of the debate between “big data vs. big narrative” this article focuses on the ethical challenges that affect this community of information professionals. As a key component of the so-called “intelligence culture”, it will be also underlined the need for intensifying from our university classrooms the ethical dimension of information exploitation for security and defence purposes. The role played by these information profiles involved in multiple phases of the intelligence production process must be based not only on efficiency and efficacy criteria but also on deontology principles whose benefits are the fortification of democratic practice by intelligence services working in strong legal frameworks designed to guarantee fundamental rights.

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor of Archival Science, Library and Information Sciences Dpt., University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M, Spain) Founder, Institute of Research on Intelligence for Security and Defence (UC3M),


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