Context is Everything - Sociality and Privacy in Online Social Network Sites
PRIVACY AND IDENTITY, IFIP AICT 320, pp. 48-65, A.M. Bezzi, ed., 2010
18 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2010
Date Written: November 9, 2010
Social Network Sites (SNSs) pose many privacy issues. Apart from the fact that privacy in an online social network site may sound like an oxymo- ron, significant privacy issues are caused by the way social structures are currently handled in SNSs. Conceptually different social groups are generally conflated into the singular notion of ‘friend’. This chapter argues that attention should be paid to the social dynamics of SNSs and the way people handle social contexts. It shows that SNS technology can be designed to support audience segregation, which should mitigate at least some of the privacy issues in Social Network Sites.
Keywords: social network sites, privacy
JEL Classification: K10, K12
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