The contours of privacy—its particular forms and our reasons for valuing it—are numerous and varied. This book explores privacy’s contours in a series of essays on such themes as the relationship between privacy and social accountability, privacy in and beyond anonymity, the psychology of privacy, and the privacy concerns of emerging information technologies.
The book’s international and multidisciplinary group of contributors provides rich insights about privacy that will be of great interest not only to the scholarly privacy community at large but also to professionals, academics, and laypersons who understand that the contours of privacy weave themselves throughout wide swaths of life in present-day society.
The stylistically accessible yet scholarly rigorous nature of The Contours of Privacy, along with the diversity of perspectives it offers, set it apart as one of the most important additions to the privacy literature on the contemporary scene.
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David Matheson received his PhD in philosophy at Brown University in 2003, and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Professor Matheson’s research interests lie in epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of mind and language. Among his own contributions to the privacy literature are “A Distributive Reductionism about the Right to Privacy” (The Monist), “Deeply Personal Information and the Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Tessling (The Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice), “Unknowableness and Informational Privacy” (The Journal of Philosophical Research), “Anonymity and Testimonial Warrant” (Principia), “Dignity and Selective Self-presentation” (I. Kerr et al., Anonymity, Privacy, and Identity in the Networked Society, Oxford University Press), and “Virtue and the Surveillance Society” (The International Journal of Knowledge, Technology, and Society; winner of the 2007 International Award for Excellence).