Saturday, January 19, 2013
stupid school work
Authenticity of information: the quality or state of being genuine or original, rather than a reproduction or
This is from a vocabulary list for my class. This definition makes no sense. I would expect "authenticity of information" to mean the same thing as "accuracy". Information can't be the original. You can't fabricate information. Information is conceptual, not a physical thing. If information can be authentic, that means that it can be inauthentic, which means that if I told someone that the sky is blue, they could ask me if that's the original or if it's just a reproduction of the fact that the sky is blue, like a painting can be reproduced.
My best guess is that it's actually talking about documents. But I don't understand why it should matter if you have the original document. It has the same information in it regardless of whether it's a copy or the original.
What is the difference between availability and access? There is no difference, this class is a bunch of bullshit.