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The political economy of privacy on Facebook
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
2012 (English)In: Television and New Media, ISSN 1527-4764, E-ISSN 1552-8316, Vol. 13, no 2, 139-159 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article provides an analysis of the political economy of privacy and surveillance on Facebook. The concepts of socialist privacy and socialist internet privacy are advanced here. Capital accumulation on Facebook is based on the commodification of users and their data. One can in this context speak, based on Dallas Smythe, of the exploitation of the internet prosumer commodity. Aspects of a socialist internet privacy strategy are outlined and it is shown how they can be applied to social networking sites.

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2012. Vol. 13, no 2, 139-159 p.
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168914DOI: 10.1177/1527476411415699ISI: 000300441000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-168914DiVA: diva2:504105
Available from: 2012-02-18 Created: 2012-02-18 Last updated: 2012-03-12Bibliographically approved

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