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I recently received my copy of Social Dimensions of Privacy, edited by Beate Roessler & Dorota Mokrosinska.  The book was published by Cambridge University Press this summer.

Social Dimensions of Privacy ISBN 9781107052376I’m delighted as I look over this book.  The book has a wonderful selection of short philosophical essays on privacy, and I’m honored to be included among the terrific group of chapter authors, who include Anita Allen, Paul Schwartz, Helen Nissenbaum, Judith Wagner DeCew, Kirsty Hughes, Colin Bennett, Adam Moore, and Priscilla Regan, among many others.  Each chapter is succinct and well-chosen.

From the book blurb: “Written by a select international group of leading privacy scholars, Social Dimensions of Privacy endorses and develops an innovative approach to privacy. By debating topical privacy cases in their specific research areas, the contributors explore the new privacy-sensitive areas: legal scholars and political theorists discuss the European and American approaches to privacy regulation; sociologists explore new forms of surveillance and privacy on social network sites; and philosophers revisit feminist critiques of privacy, discuss markets in personal data, issues of privacy in health care and democratic politics. The broad interdisciplinary character of the volume will be of interest to readers from a variety of scientific disciplines who are concerned with privacy and data protection issues.”

My chapter is entitled “The Meaning and Value of Privacy.”

Here’s a full table of contents:

—  Dorota Mokrosinska and Beate Roessler

Part I. The Social Dimensions of Privacy

1. Privacy: the longue durée
—  James Rule

2. Coming to terms: the kaleidoscope of privacy and surveillance
—  Gary T. Marx

3. Privacy and the common good: revisited
—  Priscilla M. Regan

4. The meaning and value of privacy
—  Daniel J. Solove

Part II. Privacy: Practical Controversies

5. The feminist critique of privacy – past arguments and new social understandings
—  Judith Wagner DeCew

6. Privacy in the family
—  Bryce Clayton Newell, Cheryl Metoyer and Adam D. Moore

7. How to do things with personal big biodata
—  Koen Bruynseels and Jeroen van den Hoven

8. Should personal data be a tradable good? On the moral limits of markets in privacy
—  Beate Roessler

9. Privacy, democracy, and freedom of expression
—  Annabelle Lever

10. How much privacy for public officials?
—  Dorota Mokrosinska

11. Privacy, surveillance and the democratic potential of the social web
—  Colin J. Bennett, Adam Molnar and Christopher Parsons

Part III. Issues in Privacy Regulation

12. The social value of privacy, the value of privacy to society and human rights discourse
—  Kirsty Hughes

13. Privacy, sociality, and the failure of regulation: lessons learned from young
Canadians’ online experiences
—  Valerie Steeves

14. Compliance-limited health privacy laws
—  Anita L. Allen

15. Respect for context as a benchmark for privacy online: what it is and isn’t
—  Helen Nissenbaum

16. Privacy, technology, and regulation: why one size is unlikely to fit all
—  Andreas Busch

17. The value of privacy federalism
—  Paul M. Schwartz

Social Dimensions of Privacy is definitely a book to have in one’s privacy library.

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This post was authored by Professor Daniel J. Solove, who through TeachPrivacy develops computer-based privacy training, data security training, HIPAA training, and many other forms of awareness training on privacy and security topics.  

Privacy Security Forum Ad 22Professor Solove is the organizer, along with Paul Schwartz of the Privacy + Security Forum (Oct. 21-23 in Washington, DC), an event that aims to bridge the silos between privacy and security. 

If you are interested in privacy and data security issues, there are many great ways Professor Solove can help you stay informed:
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