studiVZ: social networking in the surveillance society [Book Review]

Ethics and Information Technology 12 (2):171-185 (2010)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This paper presents some results of a case study of the usage of the social networking platform studiVZ by students in Salzburg, Austria. The topic is framed by the context of electronic surveillance. An online survey that was based on questionnaire that consisted of 35 (single and multiple) choice questions, 3 open-ended questions, and 5 interval-scaled questions, was carried out (N = 674). The knowledge that students have in general was assessed with by calculating a surveillance knowledge index, the critical awareness towards surveillance by calculating a surveillance critique index. Knowledge about studiVZ as well as information behaviour on the platform were analyzed and related to the surveillance parameters. The results show that public information and discussion about surveillance and social networking platforms is important for activating critical information behaviour. In the case of studiVZ, a change of the terms of use in 2008 that brought about the possibility of targeted personalized advertising, was the subject of public discussions that influenced students’ knowledge and information behaviour

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,100

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Personal autonomy in the travel panopticon.Eamon Daly - 2010 - Ethics and Information Technology 12 (2):97-108.
Facing the future: Seeking ethics for everyday surveillance. [REVIEW]David Lyon - 2001 - Ethics and Information Technology 3 (3):171-180.

Analytics

Added to PP
2010-03-24

Downloads
95 (#181,871)

6 months
14 (#181,672)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

A critical contribution to theoretical foundations of privacy studies.Thomas Allmer - 2011 - Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society 9 (2):83-101.

Add more citations