Towards a Theoretical Model of Social Media Surveillance in Contemporary Society.

Fuchs, Christian and Trottier, D (2015) Towards a Theoretical Model of Social Media Surveillance in Contemporary Society. Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research, 40 (1). pp. 113-135. ISSN 0341-2059

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Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.1515/commun-2014-0029

Abstract

'Social media’ like Facebook or Twitter have become tremendously popular in recent years. Their popularity provides new opportunities for data collection by state and private companies, which requires a critical and theoretical focus on social media surveillance. The task of this paper is to outline a theoretical framework for defining social media surveillance in the context of contemporary society, identifying its principal characteristics, and understanding its broader societal implications. Social media surveillance is a form of surveillance in which different forms of sociality and individuals different social roles converge, so that surveillance becomes a monitoring of different activities in different social roles with the help of profiles that hold a complex networked multitude of data about humans.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Acknowledgement: This paper is an outcome of the EU FP7 project PACT – Public perception of security and privacy: Assessing knowledge, collecting evidence, translating research into action (www.projectpact.eu). Grant agreement no. 285635
Subjects: University of Westminster > Media, Arts and Design
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Depositing User: repository@westminster.ac.uk
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2015 09:03
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 10:04
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/15600

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