Controlling Knowledge

Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection in a Networked World
AU Press
  • erschienen am 1. August 2011
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  • 264 Seiten
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Digital communications technology has immeasurably enhanced our capacity to store, retrieve, and exchange information. But who controls our access to information, and who decides what others have a right to know about us? In Controlling Knowledge, author Lorna Stefanick offers a thought-provoking and user-friendly overview of the regulatory regime that currently governs freedom of information and the protection of privacy.Aiming to clarify rather than mystify, Stefanick outlines the history and application of FOIP legislation, with special focus on how these laws affect the individual. To illustrate the impact of FOIP, she examines the notion of informed consent, looks at concerns about surveillance in the digital age, and explores the sometimes insidious influence of Facebook. Specialists in public policy and public administration, information technology, communications, law, criminal justice, sociology, and health care will find much here that bears directly on their work, while students and general readers will welcome the book's down-to-earth language and accessible style.Intended to serve as a "citizen's guide," Controlling Knowledge is a vital resource for anyone seeking to understand how freedom of information and privacy protection are legally defined and how this legislation is shaping our individual rights as citizens of the information age.
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  • Englisch
Athabasca University Press
  • 1,85 MB
978-1-926836-61-4 (9781926836614)
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Lorna Stefanick is an associate professor in the Governance, Law, and Management program in the Centre for State and Legal Studies at Athabasca University.and in Calgary, the first of which resulted in the book Hiding the Audience: Arts and Arts Institutions on the Prairies. Kaye divides her time between a farmstead outside Lincoln, Nebraska, and a house in Calgary, so that she may always be close to the prairie land that drives her research.Face the North Wind (1975). This manuscript came to light after his passing in 1999.
Preface and Acknowledgements_ ix

1. An Introduction to Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection
_ 1
Accessing and Protecting Electronic Data _ 1
Accountability and Autonomy _ 5
Unpacking the Concepts _ 8
Transparency, Privacy, and Good Governance _ 13
Overview of the Book _ 23

2. Privacy Protection
_ 29
The Many Dimensions of Privacy _ 29
The March Toward Regulation _ 37
Data Flow, the Thirst for Information, and the Problems of
Privacy Protection _ 46
Privacy Protection, Personal Autonomy, and Control _ 59

3. Freedom of Information (FOI)
_ 63
Transparency for the Public Good _ 63
The March Toward Regulation _ 71
Administrative Practice: Challenges to the Culture of Openness _ 79
Information Access, Equity, and Fairness _ 93
4.Sharing Medical Information: Antidote or Bitter Pill?
_ 97
The Special Case of Health Information _ 97
Electronic Health Records _ 99
Privacy and Confidentiality _ 103
Secondary Uses of Medical Information _ 111
Managing Health Information _ 122

5. Surveillance in the Digital Age
_ 125
Surveillance as a Form of Social Control _ 125
Modern Forms of Watching _ 128
Whither Watching? _ 155

6. Social Networking: The Case of Facebook
_ 157
The Creation of Online Personalities _ 157
The Power and Perils of Virtual Communities _ 162
Digital Identities, the Commodification of Personality,
and the Backlash _ 172
The Future of Facebook _ 182

7. Balancing Freedom of Information and the Protection of Privacy
_ 187

Questions for Discussion _ 197
Notes _ 205
Selected Bibliography _ 231
Index _ 243

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