Privacy, surveillance, and the democratic potential of the social web

Parsons, Christopher, Bennett, Colin J. and Molnar, Adam 2015, Privacy, surveillance, and the democratic potential of the social web. In Roessler, Beate and Mokrosinska, Dorota (ed), Social dimensions of privacy : interdisciplinary perspectives, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Eng., pp.202-222, doi: 10.1017/CBO9781107280557.012.

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Title Privacy, surveillance, and the democratic potential of the social web
Author(s) Parsons, Christopher
Bennett, Colin J.
Molnar, AdamORCID iD for Molnar, Adam
Title of book Social dimensions of privacy : interdisciplinary perspectives
Editor(s) Roessler, Beate
Mokrosinska, Dorota
Publication date 2015
Chapter number 11
Total chapters 17
Start page 202
End page 222
Total pages 21
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication Cambridge, Eng.
Summary This chapter argues that theories about privacy would benefit from embracing deliberative democratic theory on the grounds that it addresses harms to democracy, and widens our understandings of privacy infringements in social networking environments. We fi rst explore how social networking services (SNS) have evolved through diff erent phases and how they enable political deliberation. Subsequently, we discuss more traditional individualistic and intersubjective theories of privacy in relation to social networking and point out their limitations in identifying and redressing social networking-related harms. We then critique emerging claims concerning the social value of privacy in the context of the social Web. Here we point out how these theories might identify non-individualized harms, yet, at the same time, suff er important challenges in application. We conclude by arguing that deliberative democratic theory can add some critical insights into the privacy harms encountered on the contemporary “social Web” that are only imperfectly understood by individualistic and social conceptions of privacy
ISBN 9781107052376
Language eng
DOI 10.1017/CBO9781107280557.012
Field of Research 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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