A Framework for Analyzing and Comparing Privacy States

Forthcoming in JASIST--Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2014)

17 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2014  

Alan Rubel

University of Wisconsin, Madison - School of Library and Information Studies; University of Wisconsin, Madison - Program in Legal Studies

Ryan Biava

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Political Science

Date Written: August 1, 2013

Abstract

This paper develops a framework for analyzing and comparing privacy and privacy protections across (inter alia) time, place, and polity and for examining factors that affect privacy and privacy protection. This framework provides a way to describe precisely aspects of privacy and context and a flexible vocabulary and notation for such descriptions and comparisons. Moreover, it links philosophical and conceptual work on privacy to social science and policy work and accommodates different conceptions of the nature and value of privacy. The paper begins with an outline of the framework. It then refines the view by describing a hypothetical application. Finally, it applies the framework to a real-world privacy issue — campaign finance disclosure laws in the U.S. and in France. The paper concludes with an argument that the framework offers important advantages to privacy scholarship and for privacy policy makers.

Keywords: privacy, political science, information ethics and policy

Suggested Citation

Rubel, Alan and Biava, Ryan, A Framework for Analyzing and Comparing Privacy States (August 1, 2013). Forthcoming in JASIST--Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2394675

Alan P. Rubel (Contact Author)

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University of Wisconsin, Madison - Program in Legal Studies ( email )

4217 HC WHite
600 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

Ryan Biava

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Madison, WI 53706
United States

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