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Think about were you want to go in your life and how your actions online lead you towards your desired destiny!


  • 1. Privacy: why we should care? Shushan Harutyunyan October 2013
  • 2. Who am I and why Im speaking about privacy?
  • 3. What is Privacy? Privacy is an expression of ones personality or individuals right to define his or her essence as human being; individuals ability to regulate information about themselves in order to control their relationship with other individuals; essential components of individuals life such as secrecy, anonymity and solitude.
  • 4. How we came to the idea of Privacy? Architecture! Hogarth, Breakfast scene, 1745 The houses as interlocking suites of rooms without corridors, so that the only way of moving about was by passing through other peoples rooms. Working class couples surround their beds with curtains.
  • 5. How we came to the idea of Privacy? Morality Trials for noble adultery: the need to escape for the prying eyes and ears of the domestic servants. The key witnesses were always servants, whose curiosity clearly made sexual privacy almost impossible for anyone who wished to conduct a discreet affair in their own home. London: A Poem. In Imitation of the third satire of juvenal, Samuel Johnson, 1783
  • 6. Why people need privacy? Privacy is a social ritual by means of which an individuals moral title to his existence is conferred. Privacy is an essential part of the complex social practice by means of which the social group recognizes and communicates to the individual that his existence is his own. And this is a precondition of personhood. To be a person and individual must recognize not just his actual capacity to shape his destiny by his choices. He must also recognize that he has an exclusive right to shape his destiny. Woman Standing In Front Of A Mirror1841, Christoffer Wilhelm-Eckersberg,
  • 7. What it looks like the Privacy at the age of Facebook! Publicly mediated intimacy?! Broadcasting own bedroom?
  • 8. What does Web knows about you? Everything!
  • 9. So, what's the big deal? Sure, just a Facebook photo, but Consider the reach of the social network, others beyond imagined audience and circle of friends viewing the photo and making judgments. Consider the fact, that what goes on web stays there forever (even if you delete it). Consider that Internet has no sense of time.
  • 10. What we gain by compromising our privacy? Facebook users possess an illusionary control over the own appearance when communicating with outside world through markers of individuality such as the profile picture, wall posts, private information and so on. Cesar Santos - "Intimacy" Oil on Canvas - 31.5x26.5
  • 11. Where this leads us? Social surveillance? Self - censorship? The right to be forgotten? (draft law EU commissioner) Society where information is not currency anymore?
  • 12. What I want you to take home today! Think about the control over your self-presentation online! Than check your Facebook profile, Google your name, think about the sensitive messages you keep in your email. Think about were you want to go in your life and how your actions online lead you towards your desired destiny!
  • 13. Sources and references 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. A global Sense of Place, Doreen Massey, 1994 We Media, How audiences are shaping the future of news and information, Shayne Bowman, Chris Willis and The Media Center at The American Press Institute, 2003 Tim Berners-Lee (World Wide Web inventor) about Web 2.0, Wikipedia, 2012 Facebook Statistics due to October 4, 2012, Official Facebook Newsroom The Revolution Will be Networked. The Influence of Social Networking Sites on Political Attitudes and Behavior, Weiwu Zhang, Thomas J. Johnson, Trent Seltzer,Shannon L. Bichard , Texas Tech University, 2009 Do social networks improve e-commerce?: a study on social marketplaces, Gayatri Swamynathan, Christo Wilson, Bryce Boe, Kevin Almeroth, Ben Y. Zhao 2008, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA Social media changes the role of the journalist, Sonja Balci, 2012 Living online: The end of privacy? Alison George, 2006, New Scientist magazine Examining priming and gender as a means to reduce risk in a social networking context: Can stories change disclosure and privacy setting use when personal profiles are constructed? Amanda Nosko, Eileen Wood, Miranda Kenney, Karin Archer, Domenica De Pasquale, Seija Molema, Lucia Zivcakova, "Computers in Human Behavior" Journal, 2012 The History of Family, Sex and Marriage in x-1900 England, Lawrence Stone, 1979 Privacy refers to the moral right of individuals to avoid intrusion into their personal affairs by third parties(Chaffey 2009, p. 139). Facebook & your privacy. Who sees your data on the biggest social network? Consumer Reports magazine: June 2012 Social Networking and Online Privacy: Facebook Users Perceptions DEIRDRE OBRIEN* AND ANN M. TORRES, Irish Journal of Management, 2012 How Much Data is Created Every Minute? Neil Spencer, 2012, Visual News Effects of self-disclosure on relational intimacy in Facebook, Namkee Park, Borae Jin, Seung-A Annie Jin; 2011, Computers in Human Behavior Exploring Privacy Management on Facebook: Motivations and Perceived Consequences of Voluntary Disclosure, Susan Waters - Department of Communication and Journalism, Auburn University; James Ackerman - Department of Communication, Ozarks Technical Community College, 2011, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication Facebook Sells More Access to Members, By Geofrey A. Fowler, 2012 Facebook Help Center, Ads & Sponsored Stories, 2012 Your Facebook Deactivated Friend or a Cloaked Spy, Shah Mahmood and Yvo Desmedt, 2012, University College London What Your Facebook Photo Says About You... and Facebook, Margaret Rock, 2012, Mobiledia Self-presentation and belonging on Facebook: How personality influences social media use and motivations, Gwendolyn Seidman, Psychology Department, Albright College, 2012, Personality and Individual Differences Journal
  • 14. THANK YOU