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Accepting or rejecting online surveillance: the case of Swedish students
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6310-151x
2023 (English)In: Everyday life in the culture of surveillance / [ed] Lars Samuelsson; Coppélie Cocq; Stefan Gelfgren; Jesper Enbom, Nordicom, 2023, p. 125-144Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter is based on the results of a questionnaire that was distributed to students at Umeå University, Sweden, and investigates their propensity to accept online surveillance in relation to three conditions that could increase their acceptance of it: 1) that it results in personal benefits; 2) that they have consented to it; and 3) that society can benefit from it. To categorise the respondents’ positions, I use a conceptual apparatus from moral philosophy, namely, the distinction between deontological and consequentialist ethical views. The study reveals two clear tendencies among the respondents: The most considerable difference among them is a difference in their general attitudes to being surveilled online rather than a difference in ethical thinking of a kind that can be framed in terms of deontology and consequentialism; the personal benefits that can result from allowing online surveillance do not generally have any significant impact on their acceptance of it. 

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Nordicom, 2023. p. 125-144
Keywords [en]
online surveillance, ethics of surveillance, personal data, societal benefits, consent
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Media Studies Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Other Humanities
Research subject
Media; Ethics; digital humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-206405DOI: 10.48335/9789188855732-6ISBN: 978-91-88855-72-5 (print)ISBN: 978-91-88855-73-2 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-206405DiVA, id: diva2:1748865
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Wallenberg Foundations, MAW 2016.0092
Note

This chapter was written as part of the project “iAccept: Soft Surveillance – Between Acceptance and Resistance” (MAW 2016.0092), funded by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation.

Available from: 2023-04-04 Created: 2023-04-04 Last updated: 2023-04-05Bibliographically approved

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