Privacy is one of the most urgent issues facing information technology and digital media. While many discussions about privacy have focused on whether or not personal information should be shared, we also need to talk about what constitutes appropriate and proper sharing of information. Information should be distributed and protected according the norms that govern different social contexts such as the workplace, schools, or among family and friends. Just as people constantly negotiate appropriateness while living and working in different social contexts our information systems also need to function with regard to social norms and values. This talk will discuss contextual appropriateness, or integrity, in regards to information privacy and will critique notions of a public/private dichotomy when it comes to thinking about privacy.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Helen Nissenbaum is a Professor at Cornell Tech and in the Information Science Department at Cornell University. She is also Director of the Digital Life Initiative, which was launched in 2017 at Cornell Tech to explore societal perspectives surrounding the development and application of digital technology, focusing on ethics, policy, politics, and quality of life. Her own research takes an ethical perspective on policy, law, science, and engineering relating to information technology, computing, digital media and data science. Topics have included privacy, trust, accountability, security, and values in technology design. Her books include Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest, with Finn Brunton (MIT Press, 2015) and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford, 2010).
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