Nissenbaum Applauded in The Times Literary Supplement

Media, Culture, and Communication Professor Helen Nissenbaum's new book Privacy in Context was featured in The Times Literary Supplement, March 12, 2010. The text, which was published by Stanford University Press and is distrubuted in the UK by Eurospan, considers the perspectives of privacy advocates in context with the information revolution including technologies such as search engines, blogs, social networking sites and mobile devices.

Evgeny Morozov, the author of the Times Online article, writes: "Nissenbaum has written a badly needed and accessible book that can serve as a guide through the emerging digital maze without demanding that we surrender our right to privacy in return. To her credit, she has resisted the temptation to frame her critique in the Foucaldian rhetoric of surveillance and control, grounding most of her arguments in political philosophy and legal theory rather than social theory or cultural studies. Her book offers a straightforward and articulate account of the role that privacy plays in a democratic society, the ways in which technology undermines it, and the steps we need to take to ensure that we don't succumb to the faulty logic of data hungry corporations."

Nissenbaum studies the social, ethical, and political dimensions of information technology and new media, as well as the philosophy of technology. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Stanford University.