Current debates on online privacy are often rooted in liberal theory. Privacy is hence often understood as a form of freedom from social, economic, and institutional influences. Such a negative perspective on privacy, however, focuses too much on how individuals can be protected or can protect themselves instead of challenging the necessity for protection itself. Similar to treating symptoms of a disease instead of its causes, providing protection fails to acknowledge that the necessity for such… Read More »New Publication: Can online privacy literacy support informational self-determination?
In the last 10 years, many canonical findings in the social sciences appear unreliable. This so-called “replication crisis” has spurred calls for open science practices, which aim to increase the reproducibility, replicability, and generalizability of findings. Communication research is subject to many of the same challenges that have caused low replicability in other fields. As a result, I recently wrote a paper with more than 30 authors in which we propose an agenda for adopting… Read More »New Publication: An Agenda for Open Science in Communication
In recent years, online privacy literacy has often been regarded as a potential solution to people’s seemingly paradoxical behaviors in online environments. Based on empirical findings that Internet users rarely implement privacy and data protection strategies, it has been suggested that they are simply not literate enough to make informed decisions in online environments. Throughout the last years, we have been working on reconceptualizing online privacy literacy and providing reliable and validated instruments to measure online… Read More »Reconceptualizing online privacy literacy
I finally can say that I published my dissertation. Although my defense was already in December, it took some time to wrap everything up and get the book published. But what did I actually write about? Using both a theoretical argumentation and an empirical investigation, I rationalize the view that in order to understand people’s privacy perceptions and behaviors, we need to adopt a situational perspective. To this end, the book is divided into three… Read More »Book published: Situational Privacy and Self-Disclosure