Semester of Graduation
Theses & dissertations (College of Business)
First Major Professor
Dr. Anthony Townsend
Master of Science (MS)
Following the rapid growth of the Internet and the industries stemming from it, philosophical theories have sought to argue for more limits on contemporary surveillance practices and information gathering. These theories attempt to discuss the handling of personal information. In modern times, information is gathered through a wide range of sources and methods and then processed - this data goes through a gauntlet of processes: it is manipulated, shared (sometimes for a fee or a barter), and treated, becoming part of the Internet economy – the financial ecosystem of the Internet.
Keeping in mind the intricate relationship between privacy and the sphere of public knowledge, this dissertation aims to a) examine the current state of the data collection practice in light of a historical record of privacy and ethics discourse that dates as far back as the very inception of the Internet, and b) propose a proactive framework that companies (and even governance institutions) could utilize for further development in these sectors. I will use theories and studies from my research over the past year to discuss the current situation of the data collection industry in the United States. Over the course of this paper, I shall then argue that although digital privacy has been deemed important since the Internet came into existence, it bears a certain disconnect with current industry practices. This paper will also discuss why, with the incredible pace of technological advances, commensurate legislation for data mining seems unable to keep up. In the final section, I propose a framework that could serve as a guideline for additional policy design.
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Shiralkar, Parth, "Cookie for your thoughts: An examination of 21st-century design and data collection practices in light of Internet ethics and privacy concerns" (2021). Creative Components. 811.