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KMT 2015 nr 1 Download PDF

Piotr Siuda

Internet Privacy – Outline of Critical Perspective

Cite: Piotr Siuda, Prywatność w Internecie – zarys perspektywy krytycznej, "Kultura - Media - Teologia", 2015( 20) nr 1, s. 36-56.

The article claims that when it comes to studying the Internet, one can indicate two groups of researchers: the optimists and the pessimists. The later show the negative economic and political consequences of using the Web. Recently, these researchers have increasingly written about violations of the privacy of Internet users. However, a general critical framework for research on privacy violations remains lacking. The goal of this article is to propose such a framework. This article shows how pessimists conceptualize Internet privacy and what basic types of Internet privacy violation they indicate; how to protect online privacy is also discussed. The aforementioned issues are extremely crucial, particularly when considering (after the pessimists) the scale of the violations of Internet privacy and the lack of research regarding the opinions and behaviors of Internet users in regard to the infringement of online privacy.

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