Privacy and the Media
Run by School of Arts, Culture and Language
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Prof Andrew McStay
Overall aims and purpose
The purpose of this dual-coded course it is to offer Level 2 (and 3) students insight into critical debates on privacy and life with data-intensive technologies The module takes an expansive view of what we mean by media to include networked environments, television, journalism, social media, and more. Through a balance of theory and case studies, students will develop awareness of the various ways in which privacy can be conceived, its philosophical understandings and industrial realities; technologies and philosophies of surveillance; and questions of identity and power. Students will eventually use their range of theoretical, technical and economic insight to make recommendations to key stakeholders in privacy matters.
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
A- to A*
Submitted work is of an outstanding quality and excellent in one or more of the following ways:
- Has originality of exposition with the student’s own thinking being readily apparent.
- Provides clear evidence of extensive and relevant independent study.
- Arguments are laid down with clarity and provide the reader with successive stages of consideration to reach conclusions.
D- to D+
Submitted work is adequate and shows an acceptable level of competence as follows:
- Generally accurate but with omissions and errors.
- Assertions are made without clear supporting evidence or reasoning.
- Has structure but is lacking in clarity and therefore relies on the reader to make links and assumptions.
- Draws on a relatively narrow range of material.
C- to B+
Submitted work is competent throughout and may be distinguished by superior style, approach and choice of supporting materials. It:
- Demonstrates good or very good structure and logically developed arguments.
- 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.
- Assertions are backed by evidence and sound reasoning.
- Accuracy and presentation in an appropriate academic style.
Appreciate the philosophical complexity of privacy
To be able to critically analyse new media developments in light of specific theories on privacy
To have strong awareness of technical factors that inform privacy matters
Appreciate legal frameworks that should guide privacy
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
Weekly 1hr seminar to discuss core readings
Work as a small team to prepare co-leading a seminar for a week.
Weekly 1hr lectures
Consult module teacher with plan for group-work and essay (email or in person)
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/uxs-2055.html
Privacy and the Media by Andrew McStay (please check that we have license for simultaneous reading)
boyd, d. (2014) It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. New Haven: Yale University Press. Full text available from: http://www.danah.org/books/ItsComplicated.pdf
Calvert, C. (2000) Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press.
Castells, M. (2009) Communication Power. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hildebrandt, M. and de Vries, H. (2013) Privacy, Due Process and the Computational Turn: The Philosophy of Law Meets the Philosophy of Technology. London: Routledge.
Goold, B.J and & Neyland, D. (eds) (2009) New Directions in Surveillance and Privacy. Cullompton: Willan.
Lane, J.; Stodden, V.; Bender, S. and Nissenbaum, H. (2014) Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement (eds.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Full text available from: http://wpressutexas.net/cs378h/images/b/b3/LaneEtAlPrivacyBigDataAndThePublicGood.pdf
Lyon, D. (2003) Surveillance as Social Sorting: Privacy, Risk and Digital Discrimination. London: Routledge.
McStay, A. (2011) The Mood of Information: a Critique of Online Behavioural Advertising. New York: Continuum.
McStay, A. (2014) Privacy and Philosophy: New Media and Affective Protocol. New York: Peter Lang.
McStay, A. (2016) Digital Advertising (Second Edition). London: Palgrave-Macmillan.
McStay, A. (2018) Emotional AI: The Rise of Empathic Media. London: Sage.
Nissenbaum, H. (2010) Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
Rozenburg, J. (2004) Privacy and the Press. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kunelius, R.; Heikkilä, H.; Russell, A. and Yagodin, D. (2017) Journalism and the NSA Revelations: Privacy, Security and the Press. London: I.B. Tauris.
Solove, D.J. and Schwartz, P. (2008) Privacy and the Media. New York: Aspen.
Wacks, R. (1995) Privacy and Press Freedom. London: Blackstone Press
Wacks, R. (2010) Privacy: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Journals to be accessed through the University • Big Data & Society • Communication Research • Communication Studies • European Journal of Communication • Information, Communication & Society* • International Journal of Media and Communication Studies • Journal of Communication Studies • Journal of Consumer Culture • Journal of Ethical Space • Journal of Ethics and Information Technology • Journalism Studies • Marketing Theory • M/C - Media & Culture • New Media and Society * • Social Media + Society • Science, Technology, & Human Values • Theory, Culture & Society
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- L202: BA Politics and Economics year 2 (BA/POLEC)