The political economy of privacy on Facebook

Fuchs, Christian (2012) The political economy of privacy on Facebook. Television & New Media, 13 (2). pp. 139-159. ISSN 1527-4764

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1527476411415699

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
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Depositing User: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2013 10:05
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2016 11:06
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/12257

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