Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Internet Surveillance Hurts Women And Young, And It’s Getting Worse



Activists and rights experts have long argued that such state activities and threats can have a significant chilling effect on our rights and freedoms. Though skepticism persists about the existence of such chilling effects—they are often subtle, difficult to measure, and people are unaware how they are impacted—several recent studies have documented the phenomenon. My own research, which received media coverage last year, examined how Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA surveillance chilled people’s Wikipedia use.

Yet significant gaps remain in our understanding, including how certain people, groups, or specific online activities may be chilled more so than others, or the comparative impact of different state activities or regulatory threats.

As it turns out, these threats likely do have a chilling effect on things we do online every day—from online speech and discussion, to internet search, to sharing content. And certain people or groups—like women or young people—may be affected more than others.

https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2017/07/11/internet-surveillance-hurts-women-and-young-and-its-getting-worse/

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2959611

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