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Privacy as invisibility: pervasive surveillance and the privatization of peer-to-peer systems


  • Francesca Musiani

    (Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Mines ParisTech)


Addresses the increasing privatization of peer-to-peer file sharing systems, arguing that privacy is increasingly coinciding with mere invisibility but also that the richness of today's landscape of peer-to-peer technology opens up new dimensions to the conceptualization of privacy.

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  • Francesca Musiani, 2011. "Privacy as invisibility: pervasive surveillance and the privatization of peer-to-peer systems," CSI Working Papers Series 021, Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation (CSI), Mines ParisTech.
  • Handle: RePEc:emn:wpaper:021

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    1. Michel Callon & Yuval Millo & Fabian Muniesa, 2007. "Market Devices," Post-Print halshs-00177891, HAL.
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    Peer-to-peer; privacy; surveillance; invisibility; privatization; sharing; communication;

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    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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