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Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life

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Privacy is one of the most urgent issues associated with information technology and digital media. This book claims that what people really care about when they complain and protest that privacy has been violated is not the act of sharing information itself—most people understand that this is crucial to social life —but the inappropriate, improper sharing of information.

Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Stanford Law Books (first published 2009)
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Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014, emac
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Alejandro Teruel
En el 2001, la Real Academia Academia Española admitió el neologismo privacidad con el significado de "ámbito de la vida privada que se tiene derecho a proteger de cualquier intromisión". En un enmiendo para la 23ava edición prevista a aparecer este año (2014), el cuerpo admitió un segundo significado "Cualidad de privado". Con esto se pone fin al estado algo renegado del término y las bizantinas discusiones sobre el uso de términos afines como intimidad y confidencialidad -al respecto conviene ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: computers
A dense, informative read. Lots of references to court cases, setting legal precedent for some of the author's opinions. It also touches on some philosophical points regarding the definition of some key concepts. I'd imagine this being required reading in a graduate level IT policy course.
Jordan Mazur
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A really long philosophy paper. Many useable insights, but fundamentally wrong about how user behavior would adjust to data sharing and aggregation by social media sites, government, and others.
Holy run-on-sentence, this book was impossible to read. There were some really great ideas in there, but they are not conveyed clearly or concisely.

One of my professors said the problem with academic literature is that they sort of out-compete one another to write the most dense, obscure treatises on their topics. Such books are less about educating and more about trumpeting their own academic credentials to a very select in-group.

This same professor also pointed out that it is very easy indeed
Paul Dunphy
Nov 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
Long winded, repetitive, arduous to read.. It seems like this book was written to court lawmakers rather than impart new social/technical understanding. My main criticism of the book as a whole would be the excessively analytical lens on privacy, and its conceptualising as an individual and transactional phenomenon. The framework also seems disproportionately (and constantly) glorified which is a bit off-putting considering it is actually very simple. The best bit about the book is its bringing ...more
Chick Foxgrover
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This seems to me to be essential reading if you are interested in "privacy" on the internet.
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
great book. i have two thirds of a blog post / review written up about it, saved these several months, which i'll eventually get around to posting.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great read of how privacy has changed with technological shift...
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