Beyond the Panopticon Framework: Privacy, Control and User Generated Content

  • Manuela Farinosi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6456)


The overall purpose of this contribution is to explore the meaning and significance of the terms control and privacy in the light of the intensive diffusion of user generated content (UGC). Every day a large number of people all over the world use digital media to share personal details with a vast network of friends and, often, with an unspecified number of strangers producing long lasting digital information. My exploratory analysis is based on 145 compositions written by students from Udine University (aged between 19 and 27). The data from the texts were content‐analysed and were then categorized and analysed from a qualitative point of view to understand how young people frame the topic of privacy on the Web. The results show that it is possible to identify ten macrocategories: Privacy, Participation and Sharing, Visibility, Persistence, Replicability and Searchability, Exhibitionism, Risks, Horizontal Control, Invisible Audiences, Vertical Control, Protection, Distrust.


Privacy Control UGC social media interfaces 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Manuela Farinosi
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  1. 1.Department of Economy, Society and TerritoryUniversity of UdineUdineItaly

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