• Privacy in Public: A Democratic Defense

    Author(s):
    Titus Stahl (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Privacy, Spying, Area studies, Habermas, Jürgen
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    public sphere, privacy in public, Surveillance studies, Jürgen Habermas
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/8qqq-r764
    Abstract:
    Traditional arguments for privacy in public suggest that intentionally public activities, such as political speech, do not deserve privacy protection. In this article, I develop a new argument for the view that surveillance of intentionally public activities should be limited to protect the specific good that this context provides, namely democratic legitimacy. Combining insights from Helen Nissenbaum’s contextualism and Jürgen Habermas’s theory of the public sphere, I argue that strategic surveillance of the public sphere can undermine the capacity of citizens to freely deliberate in public and therefore conflicts with democratic self-determination.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    3 years ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives
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