Department of Internet Studies
Curtin University, 2012 (258 pages)
Citation: Raynes-Goldie, K. (2012). Privacy in the Age of Facebook: Discourse, Architecture, Consequences. PhD. Curtin University, Perth, Australia.
As of October 4th, 2015 this PhD was the 5th most downloaded thesis of all time from Curtin Library’s eSpace.
Information which might be useful for Facebook, social media & privacy researchers
- In Chapters 3 and 8, I expand on my definition and application of social privacy as distinct from institutional privacy (which I first wrote about in in 2010) — that is, the management of information and disclosure about oneself in the context of one’s friends, acquaintances, co-workers — as an important concept in understanding privacy behaviours and attitudes on Facebook.
- In Chapters 5, 6 and 7, I provide the origins, manifestations and consequences of the philosophy of Facebook — or what I call “radically transparent sociality,” which essentially explain why Facebook doesn’t want to protect the privacy of its users.
- Chapter 4 provides a comprehensive chronological overview of Facebook’s history and evolution from 2004 until 2011.
- Throughout the thesis, particularly in Chapter 8, I show how the idea that youth are privacy unconcerned (sometimes described as the “privacy paradox“) is an oversimplification, and is largely inaccurate.