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dc.contributor.authorTrottier, Danielen
dc.date2010-12-31 05:12:00.199
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-04T19:00:38Z
dc.date.available2011-01-04T19:00:38Z
dc.date.issued2011-01-04T19:00:38Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/6260
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D, Sociology) -- Queen's University, 2010-12-31 05:12:00.199en
dc.description.abstractSocial media services like Facebook mark the continued domestication of surveillance technology. Facebook has been remarkably successful at establishing a presence within a variety of social settings, including the interpersonal sphere, the academic sector, and the marketplace. As a platform shared by these spheres, Facebook distributes personal information beyond intended contexts. This research will develop a sociological understanding of individual, institutional, and aggregate surveillance through social networking sites. A series of semi-structured face-to-face interviews with students, university administrators and business employees provides a detailed understanding of surveillance practices on Facebook. Three kinds of surveillance are considered. First, lateral – or peer-to-peer – surveillance refers to interpersonal scrutiny between individuals. Second, institutional surveillance is the scrutiny of key populations by universities and other institutions. Third, aggregated surveillance is used primarily by businesses to study relevant markets. I propose that mutual augmentation exists between individual, institutional, and aggregate forms of surveillance on social media. These three models are situated within the same informational platform. By sharing not only the same information, but also the same interface used to access that information, formerly discrete surveillance practices feed off one another. New personal details, criteria, and searching techniques become common knowledge. Marketers and institutions now benefit from ‘user-generated value’ when individuals exchange relevant information amongst themselves. Likewise, university-age users have adopted new criteria like ‘employability’ and ‘liability’ to assess their peers as well as themselves.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectSurveillanceen
dc.subjectSocial Mediaen
dc.titleMutual Augmentation of Surveillance Practices on Social Mediaen
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dc.description.degreePhDen
dc.contributor.supervisorLyon, Daviden
dc.contributor.supervisorMosco, Vincenten
dc.contributor.supervisorHand, Martinen
dc.contributor.departmentSociologyen
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen


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