Bookmark: "Networked Privacy in the Age of Surveillance, Sousveillance, Coveillance"

Sebastian Greger


Personal privacy in the networked age is limited by three dimensions of “veillance.” They shape people’s behavior and their anxieties about the future of privacy. At Harvard University’s symposium “Privacy in a Networked World,” Lee Rainie will present the latest survey findings from the Pew Research Center about how people try to navigate this new environment in their relationship with government, commercial enterprises and each other. He will also discuss how some technologists are trying to respond.

The empirical findings from a survey by the Pew Research Center are structured along three dimensions of online privacy:

  • Surveillance: authoritarian observation from above, e.g. government
  • Sousveillance: observation from below, e.g. businesses (as actors not in a role of authority)
  • Coveillance: people watching each other, as is common in social media

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