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Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management by William Jones

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Chapter Seven Managing privacy and the flow of information

Information flows from us and to us. We manage flow to protect our time, our attention, our money, … ourselves. Who sees what information when? What information, from whom, gets our time and attention? We’re easily pushed and pulled by individual informational events. If the television is on, we’ll watch. If the phone rings, we’ll answer. Managing flow means focusing on channels of information and not individual events. We manage information not just to protect, but to project. We manage not just for privacy, but for power.

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