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Enabling digital citizenship? The reshaping of surveillance policy after Snowden

Hintz, Arne and Ian, Brown 2017. Enabling digital citizenship? The reshaping of surveillance policy after Snowden. International Journal of Communication 11 , pp. 782-801.

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Abstract

The revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have led to policy reform debates in several countries and to policy change in some, including a new legislative framework in the UK—the Investigatory Powers Act. In this article, we trace the forces and dynamics that have shaped this particular policy response. We investigate key controversies over the types and extent of surveillance; the capacity of different stakeholders to intervene into the debate and shape its outcomes; the attempts to achieve democratic legitimacy for data collection; and the consequences for digital citizenship. Drawing from a systematic analysis of relevant policy documents and interviews with key policy experts and stakeholders, we analyze conflicts over both the direction and details of surveillance policy, and uncover unequal degrees of influence over policy reform for different stakeholders. As a result, policy reform has led to a confirmation, rather than restriction, of data collection. Digital citizenship may be supported by the (limited) policy review in the UK and the development of a more transparent legislative framework, but is impeded by a growing range of surveillance capabilities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Snowden, surveillance, policy, law, regulation, digital citizenship, Investigatory Powers Bill, Investigatory Powers Act
Publisher: USC Annenberg Center
ISSN: 1932-8036
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 March 2017
Date of Acceptance: 27 January 2017
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2017 12:31
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/97852

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