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Within the developed world, much of society experiences political, economic, and cultural life through a set of communication technologies barely older than many citizens. Society Online: The Internet in Context examines how new media technologies have not simply diffused across society, but how they have rapidly and deeply become embedded in our organizations and institutions. Society Online is not exclusively devoted to a particular technology, or specifically the Internet, but to a range of technologies and technological possibilities labeled "new media." Rather than trying to cover every possible topic relating to new communication technologies, this unique text is organized by how these new technologies mediate the community, political, economic, personal, and global spheres of our social lives. Editors Philip N. Howard and Steve Jones explore ...

American Internet Users and Privacy: A Safe Harbor of Their Own?
American internet users and privacy: A safe harbor of their own?
DoreenStarke-Meyerring, University of Minnesota
Dan L.Burk, University of Minnesota
Laura J.Gurak, University of Minnesota

The rise of popular internet use has been accompanied by a parallel rise in concern over personal and data privacy. According to a 1999 Wall Street Journal poll, for example, privacy violations rank among the top concern of Americans. Similarly, a Lou Harris poll found that the percentage of respondents concerned about their privacy rights surged from 34% in 1970 to 90% in 1998 (Identity Theft Resource Center, 2002). The Pew Internet and American Life Project (2000) report, Trust and Privacy Online: Why Americans Want to Rewrite the Rules, underscored this new intensity ...

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