Digital Media Citizenship

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


In the documentary Citizenfour the audience gets drawn into the unfolding events surrounding whistleblower Edward Snowden and his astonishing revelations concerning the NSA’s privacy-breaching PRISM programme activities. In reply to a question about the broader significance of the data collection, Snowden laments the impact of those activities on peoples’ liberties, and their ability to act as a brake on citizens, stressing the importance of upholding rights of privacy for full citizenship. Effectively, Snowden is articulating the instrumentalist and persuasive interpretation of privacy discussed in Chapter 2; namely, privacy rights scaffold other rights and fundamental freedoms that would be made increasingly scarce in their absence.


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Further reading

  1. Citizenfour (2015) Documentary film directed by Laura Poitras. IMDb Produced by Praxis Films in association with Participant Media and HBO Documentary Films.
  2. Isin, E. & Rupert, E. (2015) Being Digital Citizens. London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield.Google Scholar
  3. Mosco, V. (2003) ‘Citizenship and the Technopoles’ in J. Lewis and T. Miller (eds) Critical Cultural Policy Studies Reader. Malden, MA, USA and Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.Google Scholar
  4. Tene, O. & Polonetsky, J. (2013) ‘Big Data for All: Privacy and User Control in the Age of Analytics’, Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property 11(5) April. 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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