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The politics of privacy: Claiming a European value
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Privacy politics today

Editorial We have entered a new phase of debate about privacy: about its sociological definition vis-ā-vis contemporary communications technologies; about its definition as a civil and consumer right; and about how it should be protected by laws and how those laws should be enforced. [ more ]

23.12.2014
 

Peter Schaar

Privacy as a human right

Edward Snowden and the control of power

Rights The Snowden revelations revealed just how far some states had departed from the guarantees of privacy enshrined in the human and civil rights agreements of the post-war era. The European Union must take the lead in setting enforceable data protection standards internationally, writes Peter Schaar. [ more ]

27.02.2015

Matthias Streitz, Richard Tynan

Are ad-blockers killing the media?

Debate Matthias Streitz, managing editor of "Spiegel Online" in Germany, argues that ad-blockers merely aggravate the current crisis in which the media finds itself; while Richard Tynan, technologist for Privacy International, insists that people have a right to protect themselves and their data. [ more ]

01.07.2016

Jamie Bartlett

Under the radar

Innovation We're actually entering an era where censorship becomes harder and privacy easier, says Jamie Bartlett. At the same time, we need a strong, publicly supported intelligence architecture. But in a post-Snowden world, the intelligence agencies must become more rather than less open. [ more ]

06.10.2015

Luciano Floridi, Wojciech Przybylski

Toward a politics of information

A conversation with Luciano Floridi

Interview Privacy and identity are two sides of the same coin, argues Luciano Floridi. And yet, paradoxically, western governments are now eroding privacy in the interests of their own self-preservation. However, collecting data first and asking questions later is not a policy, says Floridi; it's an affront to one of the foundations of liberal democracy. [ more ]

29.06.2015

Ilija Trojanow

Security versus freedom: A misleading trade-off

Surveillance In the wake of the technological revolution that is the Internet, writes Ilija Trojanow, principles of self-organization and collaboration might be expected to replace established hierarchies and concentrations of power. Instead, the technologies of surveillance now available to states have never been more intrusive. [Lithuanian version added] [ more ]

15.05.2015

Simon Davies

Freedom through surveillance

Privacy and terrorism Parading under the banner of a common front for freedom, governments worldwide have embarked on a security clampdown whose political fallout could be more damaging than the threat it seeks to banish, writes Simon Davies. [Lithuanian version added] [ more ]

17.04.2015

Judith Vidal-Hall

Taking on the giant

Data protection When a group of claimants in the United Kingdom took on Google for invasion of privacy, they had little idea that the case would become a landmark in the fight to tame the Internet giant's intrusion into our lives on the Web, writes Judith Vidal-Hall. [Lithuanian version added] [ more ]

17.04.2015

Privacy in Europe: Politics and public perception

Survey Privacy is being debated across the EU at the political and public levels. So how exactly have governments and publics responded to the NSA affair and to the recent terrorist attacks in Europe? Moreover, how much awareness exists about key developments in EU privacy policy and how active is civil society in campaigning for digital rights? Eurozine partner journals respond. [ more ]

Beate Roessler

What is there to lose?

Privacy in offline and online friendships

Networks Friendship enables us to relax the rules of privacy we need in other types of social relationship. When friendship goes online, however, controlling privacy becomes more problematic. Should this be cause for concern? Beate Roessler takes stock. [Lithuanian version added] [ more ]

27.02.2015

Elke Rauth

Smart tales of the city

Urban politics The smart city industry is continually conquering new terrain. But in the global rollout of the digital electricity and gas meter (smart meter), Elke Rauth discerns a project that shows disdain for the private sphere and puts the intelligence of governments and city-dwellers to the test. [ more ]

25.02.2015

Ramķn Reichert

Back-end science

Facebook and big data research

Big data Big-data analysis creates meta-knowledge based on an asymmetry of informational power, writes media scientist Ramķn Reichert. Prognosis of collective behaviour has growing political status, as the social web becomes the most valuable data-source for governance and control. [ more ]

23.12.2014

Joe McNamee

Net neutrality: Protecting digital rights

Connecting privacy with freedom of communication and information

Digital Rights The convergence of online policing with customer profiling and traffic filtering means that privacy needs to be seen in connection with freedom of communication and information. The principle of net neutrality combines this set of digital rights, explains Joe McNamee. [German version added] [ more ]

22.12.2014

Ralf Bendrath

Trading away privacy

TTIP, TiSA and European data protection

TTIP and privacy The US is exerting heavy pressure on the EU to waive legislation placing restrictions on data-sharing with third countries. To abandon localized data protection arrangements in the EU would be to surrender fundamental rights to economic interest, argues Ralf Bendrath. [ more ]

19.12.2014

Elmar Altvater

Controlling the future

Edward Snowden and the Anthropocene

geo-engineering The worldwide spying operation is about more than security and counter-terrorism; rather, it is a part of a broader strategy aimed at controlling global information, writes political scientist Elmar Altvater. Opposition needs to grasp the geological significance of the planetary data theft. [ more ]

19.12.2014

William E Scheuerman

Civil disobedience for an age of total surveillance

The case of Edward Snowden

NSA leaks By charging Edward Snowden under the Espionage Act, the US government has failed in its constitutional duty to protect civil disobedience, argues political scientist William Scheuermann. The situation highlights the need for a global human rights framework that could protect legitimate whistleblowers. [ more ]

18.04.2014
 

From the archives

Jef Huysmans, Amandine Scherrer

The European Union's fight for digital rights

Internet commons The EU's response to the NSA scandal, a recent landmark European Court of Justice ruling and the European Parliament's rejection of ACTA: all developments, argue Amandine Scherrer and Jef Huysmans, that show the EU remains key to achieving an Internet commons. [ more ]
21.05.2014

Ilija Trojanow

The net is tightening

NSA One of the most important and ominous aspects of the NSA scandal is the secretive essence of the system, writes Ilija Trojanow: transparency is clearly the biggest enemy of the alleged guardians of freedom. This much Trojanow now knows from personal experience. [ more ]

03.10.2013
Gus Hosein, Eric King

Age of insecurity

private data Cooperation between the communications industry and governments creates unprecedented opportunities for surveillance. Lets not repeat the mistakes of the past and allow companies to assume that users are uninterested in what happens to their data, urge Gus Hosein and Eric King. [ more ]

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