Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Teenagers and Internet Privacy

danah boyd, Microsoft Research and New York University Department of Media, Culture and Communication, and University of New South Wales, and Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Alice E. Marwick, Microsoft Corporation, and Harvard University, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, have published Social Privacy in Networked Publics: Teens’ Attitudes, Practices, and Strategies for presentation at A Decade in Internet Time: Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society, September 2011. Here is the abstract.

This paper examines how teens understand privacy in highly public networked environments like Facebook and Twitter. We describe both teens’ practices, their privacy strategies, and the structural conditions in which they are embedded, highlighting the ways in which privacy, as it plays out in everyday life, is related more to agency and the ability to control a social situation than particular properties of information. Finally, we discuss the implications of teens’ practices and strategies, revealing the importance of social norms as a regulatory force.

Download the paper from SSRN at the link.

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