Privacy and the Media
Privacy and the Media 2023-24
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 2
This module assesses the role of privacy in modern media and technology. Historically mindful but future-facing, the module uses diverse theory and governance to assess emerging media technologies.
Topics may include:
Week 1: Introduction: What is privacy and why does it matter? A historical/theoretical perspective.
Week 2: Nothing to hide, nothing to fear: myth and Western roots of privacy
Week 3: Journalism: a complex relationship with privacy
Week 4: The Snowden leaks: a call for better surveillance
Week 5: Encryption: simultaneously public and private
Week 6: Platforms: disruption, connection and new social actors
Week 7: Reading Week
Week 8: Big data: machine learning and the politics of algorithms
Week 9: Re-introducing the Body: intimate and wearable media
Week 10: Empathic media: towards ubiquitous emotional intelligence
Week 11: Sexting: exposure, protocol and collective privacy
Week 12: Summary and assessment guidance
-threshold -D- to D+Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows:1.Generally accurate but with omissions and errors.2.Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning.3.Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions.4.Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.
-good -C- to B+Submitted work is competent throughout and may be distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It:1.Demonstrates good or very good structure and logically developed arguments.2.Draws at least in parts on material that has been sourced and assessed as a result of independent study, or in a way unique to the student.3.Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning.4.Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.
-excellent -A- to A*Submitted work is of an outstanding quality and excellent in one or more of the following ways:1.Has originality of exposition with the student’s own thinking being readily apparent.2.Provides clear evidence of extensive and relevant independent study.3.Arguments are laid down with clarity and provide the reader with successive stages of consideration to reach conclusions.
- Analyse new media developments in light of specific theories on privacy
- Appraise legal frameworks that should guide privacy
- Identify the philosophical complexity of privacy
- Outline technical factors that inform privacy matters
This assessment point involves co-leading a seminar. Full details will be provided, but in brief this involves close reading of the week's set text, contextual reading that makes use of the library journal system, and use of up to date examples to judge the adequacy of the theory.
This final assessment requires you to write a report assessing the privacy implications of an existing or emerging technology. Full details will be provided, but the goal is a fit-for-business report that uses academic privacy theory to analyse business and governance problems.