New Book by NYU's Nissenbaum Offers Framework for Understanding Privacy in the Digital Age


Privacy is one of the most urgent issues associated with information technologies and digital media. In her new book, Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford UP), Helen Nissenbaum argues that what people really care about is not that information about them is shared - this is crucial for social life — but that it is shared inappropriately. Her book develops a theory of appropriate sharing and explains some of the ways digital technologies have threatened this.

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Privacy is one of the most urgent issues associated with information technologies and digital media. In her new book, Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford UP), Helen Nissenbaum argues that what people really care about is not that information about them is shared - this is crucial for social life — but that it is shared inappropriately. Her book develops a theory of appropriate sharing and explains some of the ways digital technologies have threatened this.

Nissenbaum, professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University’s Steinhardt School, grounds her argument in the notion that social activity is governed by context-relative norms. Her framework of contextual integrity offers a new approach to understanding social norms governing the flow of personal information. It is the radical disruption of t 500

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