Data Governance

  • Tim Dwyer
Part of the Palgrave Global Media Policy and Business book series (GMPB)


In this chapter I want to foreground how governments around the world are caught up in serious and mostly irresolvable conflicts when it comes to privacy and data governance. On the one hand, we have traditionally authoritarian governments like China and Russia who have acted to monitor, surveil and generally gather vast quantities of data about their citizens typically with a view to suppressing forms of dissent. On the other hand, capitalist democracies routinely undertake similar exercises, but couched in quite different rubrics; the standard framing is talk about ‘living in a post 9–11 world’, and invariably associated with deterrence against terrorist attack. But because governments have the technological capacity to finely manage (filter, distil, trace, monitor, identify) vast quantities of personal data themselves, they have the capacity to actually remove their former dependence on the network owners to comply with individual requests.


Cloud Computing Personal Information Cloud Service Personal Data Data Retention 
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Further reading

  1. Coll, S. (2014) ‘Power, knowledge, and the subjects of privacy: understanding privacy as the ally of surveillance’, Information, Communication and Society, 17(10): 1250–1263.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Epstein, C. (2015) ‘Surveillance, Privacy, and the Making of the Modern Subject. Habeas What Kind of Corpus?’, in Body and Society (Special issue on surveillance and the body).Google Scholar
  3. Mosco, V. (2014) To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World. Boulder and London: Paradigm Publishers.Google Scholar
  4. Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (2015) Advisory report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014. February. Canberra, Commonwealth of Australia. Available at:

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© Tim Dwyer 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Dwyer
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  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

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