IJoC Publishes Special Section on Privacy at the Margins

International Journal of Communication Publishes
a Special Section on Privacy at the Margins


The International Journal of Communication is delighted to announce the publication of a new Special Section on “Privacy at the Margins” on March 1, 2018 which includes 10 articles from international scholars.

Privacy is considered a human right, but achieving privacy in a networked age requires a certain level of privilege. This Special Section on Privacy at the Margins brings together nine original social science papers and an editorial introduction to reveal the complex dynamics—such as coercion and consent—that underpin a range of privacy experiences around the world.

Edited by Alice E. Marwick, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Data & Society and danah boyd, Microsoft Research and Data & Society, the papers presented in this Special Section of the International Journal of Communication use a diverse array of methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative, to address issues and domains including workplace surveillance, interpersonal privacy, and government privacy processes. In order to “interrogate what privacy looks like on the margins,” the section explores privacy experiences in India and in Appalachia, and among Aboriginal Australians and Azerbaijani youth. Several papers account for the skills needed to be successful at achieving privacy, and the trade-offs required by those who both gain and lose from being visible. Notably, these articles challenge basic assumptions underlying privacy research and invite scholars to consider new facets of the problem.

To access these papers, please Ctrl+Click on the article titles below for direct linking  or go to ijoc.org.  We look forward to your feedback.


Understanding Privacy at the Margins — Introduction
Alice E. Marwick, danah boyd

Refractive Surveillance: Monitoring Customers to Manage Workers
Karen Levy, Solon Barocas

Not the Normal Trans Story: Negotiating Trans Narratives While Crowdfunding at the Margins
Niki Fritz, Amy Gonzales

Being At Home With Privacy: Privacy and Mundane Intimacy Through Same-Sex Locative Media Practices
Larissa Hjorth, Sarah Pink, Heather Horst

The Poverty of Privacy: Understanding Privacy Trade-Offs From Identity Infrastructure Users in India
Janaki Srinivasan, Savita Bailur, Emrys Schoemaker, Sarita Seshagiri

Technology in Rural Appalachia: Cultural Strategies of Resistance and Navigation
Sherry Hamby, Elizabeth Taylor, Allison Smith, Kimberly Mitchell, Lisa Jones

Concerns, Skills, and Activities: Multilayered Privacy Issues in Disadvantaged Urban Communities
Xiaoqian Li, Wenhong Chen, Joseph D. Straubhaar

Privacy Versus Relatedness: Managing Device Use in Australia’s Remote Aboriginal Communities
Ellie Rennie, Indigo Holcombe-James, Tyson Yunkaporta

Socially Mediated Visibility: Friendship and Dissent in Authoritarian Azerbaijan
Katy E. Pearce, Jessica Vitak, Kristen Barta

Settler Governance and Privacy: Canada’s Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and the Mediation of State-Based Violence
Lara Fullenwieder, Adam Molnar

Larry Gross

Arlene Luck
Managing Editor

Alice E. Marwick and danah boyd
Guest Editors