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Digital citizenship and surveillance society - introduction

Hintz, Arne ORCID:, Dencik, Lina ORCID: and Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin ORCID: 2017. Digital citizenship and surveillance society - introduction. International Journal of Communication 11 , pp. 731-739.

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Digital citizenship is typically defined as the (self-)enactment of people’s role in society through the use of digital technologies. It therefore has empowering and democratizing characteristics. However, as shown by this Special Section, the context of datafication and ubiquitous data collection and processing complicates this picture. The Snowden revelations have demonstrated the extent to which both state agencies and Internet companies monitor the activities of digital citizens and how the balance of power shifts accordingly. This editorial introduction outlines the challenges and transformations of digital citizenship after Snowden and formulates a set of requirements for digital citizenship in a datafied environment. Having set this thematic framework, it explains the purpose of the Special Section and outlines its contributions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital citizenship, surveillance, datafication, Snowden
Publisher: University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
ISSN: 1932-8036
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 January 2017
Date of Acceptance: 27 January 2017
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 12:08

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