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ERIC Number: EJ874534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Control Yourself, or at Least Your Core Self
Austin, Lisa M.
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v30 n1 p26-29 2010
Contemporary privacy debates regarding new technologies often define privacy in terms of control over personal information such that the privacy "problem" is a lack of control and the privacy "solution" is increased control. This article questions the control-paradigm by pointing to its parallels with earlier debates in the philosophy of technology regarding technology that was out-of-control. What first-generation philosophers of technology understood was that at the root of the questioning of technology lay a need to question the modern self itself. Legal debates regarding privacy renew the importance of this question, for the control-paradigm perpetuates a view of the self as an individual with an inner core transparent to itself on solitary introspection and revealed to others through self-conscious acts of disclosure. Increasingly, this model fails to account for the challenges raised by new technologies and calls for rethinking. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada