From protecting to performing privacy

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    Abstract

    Privacy is increasingly important in an age of facial recognition technologies, mass
    data collection and algorithmic decision-making. Yet it persists as a contested
    term, a behavioural paradox, and often fails users in practice. This article critiques
    current methods of thinking privacy in protectionist terms, building on Deleuze's
    conception of the society of control, through its problematic relation to freedom,
    property and power. Instead, a new mode of understanding privacy in terms of
    performativity is provided, drawing on Butler and Sedgwick as well as Cohen and
    Nissenbaum. This new form of privacy is based on identity, consent and collective
    action, a process to be performed individually and together to create new
    structures that instil respect at the heart of our sociotechnical systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-30
    JournalJournal of Sociotechnical Critique
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2020

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