Network Publicy Governance

On Privacy and the Informational Self

The information age has brought about a growing conflict between proponents of a data-driven society on the one side and demands for protection of individual freedom, autonomy, and dignity by means of privacy on the other. The causes of this conflict are rooted in the modern Western opposition of individual and society and a self-understanding of the human as an autonomous rational subject with an inalienable right to informational self-determination. Andréa Belliger and David J. Krieger propose a theory of information as a common good and redefine the individual as an informational self who exists in networks made up of both humans and nonhumans. Privacy is replaced by publicy and issues of data use and data protection are described in terms of governance instead of government.

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16. Februar 2018, 170 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4213-1

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Andréa Belliger

Andréa Belliger, Institut für Kommunikation & Führung, Schweiz

David J. Krieger

David J. Krieger, Institut für Kommunikation & Führung, Schweiz

... with David J. Krieger

1. Why a book on this subject?

There is a deep and growing conflict in the digital society between interests to make use of data of all kinds in order to create value and concerns for privacy. The one side wants access to data and the other wants to prevent business, government, and others from using personal data. It would seem that two visions of society and two fundamental values are locked in an irresolvable conflict. This book analyses the causes of this conflict and offers solutions and a way forward into the information age.

2. What relevance does this subject have in the current research debates?

There is much debate on privacy as well as data exploitation. But the discussion seems not to be moving toward consensus or new solutions. This is because the premises of the debate have not been critically examined and the terms of debate have not been put on new foundations, that is, foundations adequate to the information age.

3. What new perspectives does your book open up?

We attempt to place the discussion about privacy and data exploitation on a new theory of information and a new understanding of the person as an ›informational self‹ whose default condition is not privacy, but publicy. We then attempt to reformulate the problem of regulation in terms of network governance.

4. Who would you preferably like to discuss your book with?

All those involved in legal, ethical, and social discussions about the nature of the person in the digital age and ways to responsibly make the most of the tremendous potential of data.

5. Your book in only one sentence:

Being a person in the digital society is no longer a matter of protecting privacy, but participating in information networks on the basis of publicy governance.

Besprochen in:
gmk-Newsletter, 9 (2019)
Network Publicy Governance On Privacy and the Informational Self
transcript Verlag
kart., Klebebindung
16. Februar 2018
Sozialität, Medien, Internet
Information Studies, Sociology, Ethics, Governance Theory, Information Philosophy, Actor-Network Theory, Privacy Theory
Information, Information Age, Privacy, Publicy, Actor-Network Theory, Digital Transformation, Network Society, Governance, Social Theory, Subjectivity, Big Data, Internet, Media, Social Relations, Digital Media, Sociology of Media, Media Theory, Media Studies

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