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Colloquium - Dourish

Privacy, Security and Risk and Danger and Secrecy and Trust and Morality and Identity and Power: Understanding Collective Information Practices
University of California, Irvine

The Internet is becoming a dangerous place. Threats of all sorts abound. Virus attacks threaten to compromise the operation of computer systems, and spyware threatens to compromise our personal privacy. Accordingly, privacy and security are active topics of investigation from a wide range of perspectives -- institutional, legislative, technical, interactional and more. In this presentation, I'll argue that we can understand privacy and security only by looking at the broader social and cultural contexts within which it is embedded. Privacy and security are difficult concepts to grapple with precisely because they are caught up in larger collective rhetorics and practices of risk, danger, secrecy, trust, morality, identity and more.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)