The central theme in this chapter is how to think about and unravel the notion of privacy in public space. By means of examples of smart technologies that pose new privacy threats in public space, concepts such as boundaries, spheres and agency are posed as a read thread. By questioning the increase of privatization of public spaces, an essayistic outlook is given on privacy in public space and potential connected values that are at risk for both the individual and society at large. The chapter ends by providing conceptual directions on regulating privacy in smart public environments.
Tjerk Timan, Bryce Clayton Newell and Bert-Jaap Koops
As an introduction to the volume, this chapter presents a thematic overview of the contributions by authors from different disciplines on the topic of privacy in public space. Four main themes become apparent in the book and serve as conceptual directions for thinking about privacy in public space: the role of context, regulation and governmentality, the body as interface, and privacy mitigation and regulation.