Just say no to 'just say no' : tensions in organizational approaches to youth and online privacy in the Americas
Tensions in organizational approaches to youth and online privacy in the Americas
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studies.
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This thesis examines organizational practices in the field of youth online privacy in the Americas. I describe harms created by protective, universalist, individualistic approaches that pose youth as conditional citizens, and make a case for approaches based instead on youth agency, intersectional views of privacy, collective responsibility, and the recognition of youth as subjects of rights today. I demonstrate organizational practices that align with this vision, such as codesign and institutional youth involvement; particular consideration of the needs and rights of marginalized youth; actions that emphasize the role of sociotechnical structures in the defense of youth's right to privacy; the creation of opportunities for intergenerational learning; the use of advocacy frames such as harm reduction and equality; and the reliance on local and creative narratives that resonate with youth. My methods consisted of eighteen semi-structured interviews and an organizational literature review of eighteen organizations that work at the intersections of youth development, personal data protection, digital rights, and countersurveillance.
Thesis: S.M. in Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Humanities, 2018Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 109-112).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Comparative Media Studies.