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The mediating nature of interfaces on the value and meaning of privacy in the online age : a case study of personal data management

Ditzel, T.F. (2019) The mediating nature of interfaces on the value and meaning of privacy in the online age : a case study of personal data management.

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Abstract:Within this thesis, I argued that the online age and, with it, the arrival of new privacy-enhancing technologies such as PDM create a shift in the interpretation of privacy and reduction in its attributed value. I have shown while the analytical definition of privacy is proven by the access theory, our online age demands more than the concept provides. The privacy paradox shows that by neglecting what users are consenting to, interfaces manipulate users into behaviour conflicting with their initial attitude. By applying post-phenomenology to the case of PDM, I have shown that the main problem underlying the privacy paradox and its reduction in value is the transparency of the interface provoked by an embodiment or hermeneutic relation. Moreover, the definitions of access and control can coexist and add on each other by referring them as the thin core necessary for political situations surrounded by the thick cloak adjusting to the technological environment. Design changes in the interface can shift this human-PDM-world relation to an alterity relation and break down this transparency. For users to make reasoned decisions interfaces should provide more information on what one is consenting to, guidance and freedom of choice and correction reconnect with its context.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
InnoValor, Enschede, Nederland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:08 philosophy, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society MSc (60024)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/79811
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