This blog has been sadly neglected!

Here are some new publications you may be interested in:

Gilman, M., Madden, M., Levy, K & Marwick, A. (forthcoming). “Privacy, Poverty and Big Data: A Matrix of Vulnerabilities for Poor Americans.” Washington University Law Review.

Poor people are burdened many times over by data collection and privacy intrusion. Not only are the poor subject to more surveillance than other subpopulations, and at higher stakes—but in addition, their patterns of privacy-relevant behaviors and device use open poor Americans’ data to greater vulnerability. We demonstrate these behavioral patterns using original empirical data from a nationally representative survey, and suggest that differences like these must be considered in privacy-protective policymaking and design decisions.

I had never worked on a law review article before. The lack of word limits was very liberating, as was working with such stellar co-authors. Michele Gilman is a pioneer in understanding socio-economic status and privacy, and it was a real privilege to have that opportunity.

This piece is lengthy. In it, we lay out how Big Data (much of which is taken from social media data) may have disparate impacts on poor people, who are often the least likely to be able to combat the effects of privacy violations (such as identity theft). Using survey data (ably collected and analyzed by Mary Madden), we show that lower-income people are more likely to use mobile devices and are less likely to think they can configure their privacy settings accurately. Drawing from three case studies — college admissions, employment, and criminal justice– we tie these characteristics back into the increased use of Big Data in these realms.

Marwick, A. (2017). “Entrepreneurial Subjects: Venturing from Alley to Valley.” International Journal of Communication 17.

A short commentary piece tying together Gina Neff’s work on workers and my dissertation/first book on Web 2.0 workers.

Hargittai, E. and Marwick, A. (2016). “‘What Can I Really Do?’ Explaining the Privacy Paradox with Online Apathy.” International Journal of Communication 16.

Based on focus group interviews, we considered how young adults’ attitudes about privacy can be reconciled with their online behavior. The “privacy paradox” suggests that young people claim to care about privacy while simultaneously providing a great deal of personal information through social media. Our interviews revealed that young adults do understand and care about the potential risks associated with disclosing information online and engage in at least some privacy-protective behaviors on social media. However, they feel that once information is shared, it is ultimately out of their control. They attribute this to the opaque practices of institutions, the technological affordances of social media, and the concept of networked privacy, which acknowledges that individuals exist in social contexts where others can and do violate their privacy

Very happy with this piece; it’s a direct refutation to the privacy paradox, something that I’ve been trying to work against in my ongoing research on networked privacy. Based on focus group data that Eszter collected, we explain why young adults may seem apathetic towards privacy. Rather than apathy, we couch it as frustration, cynicism, and a belief that privacy violations are inevitable– which is consistent with earlier research.