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Handbook of Digital Politics

Handbook of Digital Politics

Edited by Stephen Coleman and Deen Freelon

It would be difficult to imagine how a development as world-changing as the emergence of the Internet could have taken place without having some impact upon the ways in which politics is expressed, conducted, depicted and reflected upon. The Handbook of Digital Politics explores this impact in a series of chapters written by some of the world's leading Internet researchers. This volume is a must-read for students, researchers and practitioners interested in the changing landscape of political communication.

Chapter 22: Social media surveillance

Christian Fuchs

Subjects: innovation and technology, innovation policy, technology and ict, politics and public policy, public choice


This chapter gives an overview of aspects that are relevant for studying online surveillance and privacy. First, the notions of privacy and surveillance are introduced. Next, what social media is all about, and what social media surveillance is, are clarified. Three dimensions of online surveillance and privacy are distinguished: the economic, the political, and the cultural, everyday life dimension. Finally, a critical disciplinary reflection about studying online privacy and surveillance is provided.

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