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[book cover] Controlling Knowledge

Lorna Stefanick

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August 2011

9781926836263 (Paperback)
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9781926836614 (ePub)


Communication & Cultural Studies / Communication & Cultural Studies: Media Studies / Communication & Cultural Studies: Technology & Society / Law / Sociology



About the Book

Digital communications technology has immeasurably enhanced our capacity to store, retrieve, and exchange information. But who controls our access to information, and who decides what others have a right to know about us? In Controlling Knowledge, author Lorna Stefanick offers a thought-provoking and user-friendly overview of the regulatory regime that currently governs freedom of information and the protection of privacy.

Aiming to clarify rather than mystify, Stefanick outlines the history and application of FOIP legislation, with special focus on how these laws affect the individual. To illustrate the impact of FOIP, she examines the notion of informed consent, looks at concerns about surveillance in the digital age, and explores the sometimes insidious influence of Facebook. Specialists in public policy and public administration, information technology, communications, law, criminal justice, sociology, and health care will find much here that bears directly on their work, while students and general readers will welcome the book's down-to-earth language and accessible style.

Intended to serve as a "citizen's guide," Controlling Knowledge is a vital resource for anyone seeking to understand how freedom of information and privacy protection are legally defined and how this legislation is shaping our individual rights as citizens of the information age.

About the Author

Lorna Stefanick is an associate professor in the Governance, Law, and Management program in the Centre for State and Legal Studies at Athabasca University.



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DownloadFront Matter

DownloadTable of Contents

DownloadPreface and Acknowledgements

DownloadChapter 1: An Introduction to Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection

Accessing and Protecting Electronic Data

Accountability and Autonomy

Unpacking the Concepts

Transparency, Privacy, and Good Governance

Overview of the Book

DownloadChapter 2: Privacy Protection

The Many Dimensions of Privacy

The March Toward Regulation

Data Flow, the Thirst for Information, and the Problems of Privacy Protection

Privacy Protection, Personal Autonomy, and Control

DownloadChapter 3: Freedom of Information (FOI)

Transparency for the Public Good

The March Toward Regulation

Administrative Practice: Challenges to the Culture of Openness

Information Access, Equity, and Fairness

DownloadChapter 4: Sharing Medical Information: Antidote or Bitter Pill?

The Special Case of Health Information

Electronic Health Records

Privacy and Confidentiality

Secondary Uses of Medical Information

Managing Health Information

DownloadChapter 5: Surveillance in the Digital Age

Surveillance as a Form of Social Control

Modern Forms of Watching

Whither Watching?

DownloadChapter 6: Social Networking: The Case of Facebook

The Creation of Online Personalities

The Power and Perils of Virtual Communities

Digital Identities, the Commodification of Personality, and the Backlash

The Future of Facebook

DownloadChapter 7: Balancing Freedom of Information and the Protection of Privacy

DownloadQuestions for Discussion


DownloadSelected Bibliography