The Information Science Council acts upon some of the key challenges of our time, in particular:
Insufficiency of Information Science Education
Products that emerged from breakthroughs in Information Science were an important driver of economy growth (in 2018 two largest companies in the world with above $1T market capitalization are currently Amazon and Apple), however in order to sustain growth the society needs qualified professionals who can bring new visions, and new solutions to challenges of the society. Yet the society, especially in France, but also in general, lacks Information Science professionals. The job market only in France, shows a lack of thousands of developers per year.
A general lack of interest in Information Science knowledge and studies results in governments and market decision-makers having an inadequate level of understanding of Information Science phenomena. This leads to inadequate or inapplicable legislation, inadequate capital resource allocation, and other consequences that contribute to a dysfunctional society.
Finally, the insufficiency of vulgarization efforts related to Information Science are leading the society towards a greater and greater digital divide and inequalities.
User Empowerment and Freedom
So far, Information Scientists worked on advancing their domain with passion for making human capabilities greater and human lives better, in other words, empower humans with technology and straighten their emancipation.
Some attention has been payed to possible abuses, but mainly hope was vested in the society as a whole, in lawyers, civil rights advocates, and institutions to advance the legal system and protect citizens from potential abuses of the new technologies. We believed that it was not our job.
However, progress in legislation and general public awareness has been slow and insufficient to ensure user empowerment and freedom. The potential power of Information Science technologies has turned even some of the most benevolent institutions into abusers. Laws were voted to legalize mass-surveillance on social networks, in countries exemplary in Human Rights protection and leadership.
It is thus a mission of Information Scientists, to work towards making unintended abuse of technology impossible, instead of waiting for it to become illegal.