Informational Citizenship

M. J. Elliot, A. Sasse, I. Brown

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Orthodox approaches to Data Privacy are based on the twin pillars of data protection and anonymisation. These notions have been necessary because of the increasing proliferation of personal data, increasing demand for its use combined with the logistical infeasibility of ongoing consent. The twin pillars have themselves lead to privacy based on technical infrastructure and logistical constraints, which we argue is itself a distortion of underlying principle of privacy: personal autonomy. However, the historical process has now entered a new phase as technological change and the further proliferation of data have rendered the twin pillar approach itself ineffective. However, the technical changes open up the possibility of real time consent, personal data stores and personal privacy policies becomes technically feasible; such socio-technologies would allow us move from being “data subjects” to “informational citizens”. This paper will consider this argument, the socio-technical design requirements and the consequences of both implementing such a social machine and of not doing so.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2012
EventDigital Research - Oxford
Duration: 10 Oct 201112 Sept 2012


ConferenceDigital Research


  • Informational Citizenship


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