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A leading specialist on social networks writes a shocking exposé of the widespread misuse of our personal online data and creates a Constitution for the web to protect us. Social networks are the defining cultural movement of our time. Over a half a billion people are on Facebook alone. If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest nation in the world. But while that nation appears to be a comforting small town in which we can share photos of friends and quaint bits of trivia about our lives, it is actually a lawless battle zone—a frontier with all the hidden and unpredictable dangers of any previously unexplored place. Social networks offer freedom. An ordinary individual can be a reporter, alerting the world to breaking news of a natural disaster or a political crisis. A layperson can be a scientist, participating in a crowd-sourced research project. Or an investigator, helping cops solve a crime. But as we work and chat and date (and sometimes even have sex) over the web, traditional rights may be slipping away. Colleges and employers routinely reject applicants because of information found on social networks. Cops use photos from people’s profiles to charge them with crimes—or argue for harsher sentences. Robbers use postings about vacations to figure out when to break into homes. At one school, officials used cameras on students’ laptops to spy on them in their bedrooms. The same power of information that can topple governments can also topple a person’s career, marriage, or future. What Andrews proposes is a Constitution for the web, to extend our rights to this wild new frontier. This vitally important book will generate a storm of attention.
Call Number: JC596 .L49 2012 - Young Library 4th Floor
This book explores the Janus-faced features of privacy, and looks at their implications for the control of personal information, for sexual and reproductive freedom, and for democratic politics. Above all, the book seeks to understand whether and, if so, why privacy is valuable in a democratic society, and what implications privacy has for the ways we see and treat each other.
Call Number: BF637.P74 K448 2012 - Young Library 3rd Floor
Publication Date: 2012
American essayist and Harper's contributing editor Garret Keizer offers a brilliant, literate look at our strip-searched, over-shared, viral-videoed existence. Body scans at the airport, candid pics on Facebook, a Twitter account for your stray thoughts, and a surveillance camera on every street corner -- today we have an audience for all of the extraordinary and banal events of our lives. The threshold between privacy and exposure becomes more permeable by the minute. But what happens to our private selves when we cannot escape scrutiny, and to our public personas when they pass from our control? In this wide-ranging, penetrating addition to the Big Ideas//Small Books series, and in his own unmistakable voice, Garret Keizer considers the moral dimensions of privacy in relation to issues of social justice, economic inequality, and the increasing commoditization of the global marketplace. Though acutely aware of the digital threat to privacy rights, Keizer refuses to see privacy in purely technological terms or as an essentially legalistic value. Instead, he locates privacy in the humancapacity for resistance and in the sustainable society "with liberty and justice for all."
Offering a comprehensive overview of the difficulties involved in discussions of privacy and ultimately providing a provocative resolution, the author argues that no single definition can be workable, but rather that there are multiple forms of privacy, related to one another by family resemblances.
Privacy – is the state or condition of being alone, undisturbed, or free from public attention, as a matter of choice or right; seclusion; freedom from interference or intrusion.
Why Privacy Matters
Privacy enables us to give meaning to utterances and objects which, taken objectively, have no special value, just as it enables us to distinguish and give meaning to relationships and associations which reflect our different likes and dislikes, our different interests and, therefore, our particularity as people.
Privacy protections for confidentiality and for intimate, as well as political, expression are important, enabling people to develop their moral and political capacities, including their sense of themselves as individuals, and as members of a potentially infinite number of different groups.
Lever, A. (2012). On privacy. New York: Routledge. Location - W T Young Library Call # JC596 .L49 2012
Guide Creator, Twanna Hodge
This Privacy Research Guide was created by Twanna Hodge, an ARL Career Enhancement Fellow at the University of Kentucky Libraries during the summer of 2014.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) CEP program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries. More information may be found at the ARL CEP website.