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[liberationtech] New Book: Internet and Surveillance: The Challenges of Web 2.0 and Social Media

Christian Fuchs christian.fuchs at
Thu Oct 20 04:23:16 PDT 2011

Fuchs, Christian, Kees Boersma, Anders Albrechtslund and Marisol 
Sandoval (Eds.). 2011. Internet and Surveillance: The Challenges of Web 
2.0 and Social Media. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-89160-8. EU 
COST Publication. 332 pages.

With contributions by: Anders Albrechtslund, Thomas Allmer, Mark 
Andrejevic, David Arditi, Roberto Armengol, Kees Boersma, Miyase 
Christensen, Christian Fuchs, David W. Hill, André Jansson, Deborah G. 
Johnson, David Lyon, Thomas Mathiesen, Marisol Sandoval, Iván Székely, 
Monika Taddicken, Daniel Trottier, Kent Wayland, Rolf H. Weber

The publication has been supported by EU COST – European Cooperation in 
Science and Technology and the EU COST Action IS0807 “Living in 
Surveillance Societies“.

This book is the first ever published volume that is dedicated to 
Internet surveillance in the age of what has come to be termed “social 
media” or “web 2.0″ (blogs, wikis, file sharing, social networking 
sites, microblogs, user-generated content sites, etc). The Internet has 
been transformed in the past years from a system primarily oriented on 
information provision into a medium for communication and 
community-building. The notion of “Web 2.0”, social software, and social 
networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have emerged in 
this context. With such platforms comes the massive provision and 
storage of personal data that are systematically evaluated, marketed, 
and used for targeting users with advertising. In a world of global 
economic competition, economic crisis, and fear of terrorism after 9/11, 
both corporations and state institutions have a growing interest in 
accessing this personal data. Here, contributors explore this changing 
landscape by addressing topics such as commercial data collection by 
advertising, consumer sites and interactive media; self-disclosure in 
the social web; surveillance of file-sharers; privacy in the age of the 
internet; civil watch-surveillance on social networking sites; and 
networked interactive surveillance in transnational space. This book is 
a result of a research action launched by the intergovernmental network 
COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

Prof. Christian Fuchs
Chair in Media and Communication Studies
Department of Informatics and Media
Uppsala University
Kyrkogårdsgatan 10
Box 513
751 20 Uppsala
christian.fuchs at
Tel +46 (0) 18 471 1019
NetPolitics Blog:
Editor of tripleC:
Book "Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies" (Routledge 
Book "Internet and Society" (Paperback, Routledge 2010)

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