Participatory Privacy: How Privacy Governs Community Boundaries and Inclusion in Online Social Movements

34 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2020

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Madelyn Sanfilippo

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; CITP, Princeton University

Katherine J. Strandburg

New York University School of Law

Date Written: February 29, 2020

Abstract

Social and political movements increasingly depend on online platforms for coordination, publicity and communication, and development of knowledge resources. The March for Science, Day Without Immigrants, and Women’s March movements present a unique opportunity to comparatively explore how participation in online social movements is governed, given their similar timelines and exogenous influences, and despite differences in specific policy issues and membership. This paper employs large social media data sets, contextualized by organizer interviews and participant surveys, to study how commons governance of appropriate information flows shaped membership and group boundaries. Privacy interests intersected with online political organizing on social media to shape participation in the individual satellite groups and overall movements studied, as well as interaction and exchange of knowledge resources between groups. This paper also discusses participants as a unique sort of “resource” managed by knowledge commons governance.

Keywords: privacy, commons, online activism

Suggested Citation

Sanfilippo, Madelyn and Strandburg, Katherine J., Participatory Privacy: How Privacy Governs Community Boundaries and Inclusion in Online Social Movements (February 29, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3546402

Madelyn Sanfilippo (Contact Author)

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Katherine J. Strandburg

New York University School of Law ( email )

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