Communication Technologies and Privacy Perception: A Study Among a New Generation of IT Users

By Francesca Odella.

Published by The Technology Collection

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The results of several investigations and projects confirmed that Information Technology Communications can promote new forms of participation in the public sphere, and especially among the young they favour new types of personal communication. On the other side, the use of ITC can encourage malfeasance and illegal activities from companies and private individuals. The paper discuss the transformations that social behaviour is undergoing in contemporary society in deep personal spheres such as intimate relations, social cohesion and public participation by means of an empirical study performed on a sample of young adults and adolescents. Specifically the study analysed the perception of privacy that young people have in using IT communications and correlate it to the level of confidence and trust in group relationships and societal rules concerning technology uses. The aim is to provide evidence that privacy of the individual (and in particular of vulnerable groups) is still depending a lot on the social conditions and institutional provisions that determine the boundaries of what is public or commodificable (and what is not such) and thus needs to be protected or used according to specific social rules of conduct.

Keywords: Privacy, Communication, Group Behaviour, Societal Rules, Technology Use

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.219-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 583.077KB).

Dr. Francesca Odella

Researcher, Department Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento, Trento, Trentino AA, Italy

Francesca Odella works as Researcher at the University of Trento, Faculty of Sociology. She teaches Methodology of the Social Sciences for International Studies (BA course) and Network Analysis (Magister Degree in Sociology and Social Research). Her Current current research interests involve the study of socio-economic relationships and social capital, theory developments and applications of network analysis. On the methodological side the interests are for the combined use of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, case study and experiment design with an interest for the social impact of pervasive and ubiquitous technologies.

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