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Free Content On the political economy of privacy in communities that include both friends and foes

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This paper develops a conceptual framework for analysing privacy issues. Neither privacy nor fame are ordinary economic goods. The demand for both are derived from their associated consequences. In some settings privacy is useful, but in others not. When applied to privacy-relevant public policies, the analysis indicates that there are significant differences between the privacy-relevant policies of authoritarian and democratic regimes. The analysis also demonstrates why technology affects public support for privacy-relevant policies. For example, a shift from 'stove pipe' to 'big data' tends to reduce electoral support for government expenditures on detection activities.
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Keywords: BIG DATA; FAME; POLITICAL ECONOMY OF PRIVACY; PRIVACY; SIGNALLING; STEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2018

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