Controlling Knowledge

Digital communications technology has immeasurably enhanced our capacity to store, retrieve, and exchange information. But who controls our access to information, and who decides what others have a right to know about us? In Controlling Knowledge, author Lorna Stefanick offers a thought-provoking and user-friendly overview of the regulatory regime that currently governs freedom of information and the protection of privacy.Aiming to clarify rather than mystify, Stefanick outlines the history and application of FOIP legislation, with special focus on how these laws affect the individual. To illustrate the impact of FOIP, she examines the notion of informed consent, looks at concerns about surveillance in the digital age, and explores the sometimes insidious influence of Facebook. Specialists in public policy and public administration, information technology, communications, law, criminal justice, sociology, and health care will find much here that bears directly on their work, while students and general readers will welcome the book's down-to-earth language and accessible style.Intended to serve as a "citizen's guide," Controlling Knowledge is a vital resource for anyone seeking to understand how freedom of information and privacy protection are legally defined and how this legislation is shaping our individual rights as citizens of the information age.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Contents 8
Preface and Acknowledgements 10
CH_1 An Introduction to Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection 14
Accessing and Protecting Electronic Data 14
Accountability and Autonomy 18
Unpacking the Concepts 21
Transparency, Privacy, and Good Governance 26
Overview of the Book 36
CH_2 Privacy Protection 42
The Many Dimensions of Privacy 42
The March Toward Regulation 50
Data Flow, the Thirst for Information, and the Problems of Privacy Protection 59
Privacy Protection, Personal Autonomy, and Control 72
Transparency for the Public Good 76
CH_3 Freedom of Information (FOI) 76
The March Toward Regulation 84
Administrative Practice: Challenges to the Culture of Openness 92
Information Access, Equity, and Fairness 106
CH_4 Sharing Medical Information: Antidote or Bitter Pill? 110
The Special Case of Health Information 110
Electronic Health Records 112
Privacy and Confidentiality 116
Secondary Uses of Medical Information 124
Managing Health Information 135
CH_5 Surveillance in the Digital Age 138
Surveillance as a Form of Social Control 138
Modern Forms of Watching 141
Whither Watching? 168
CH_6 Social Networking: The Case of Facebook 170
The Creation of Online Personalities 170
The Power and Perils of Virtual Communities 175
Digital Identities, the Commodification of Personality, and the Backlash 185
The Future of Facebook 195
CH_7 Balancing Freedom of Information and the Protection of Privacy 200
Questions for Discussion 210
Notes 218
Selected Bibliography 244
C 256
B 256
A 256
Index 256
D 257
E 257
F 257
G 258
M 259
L 259
K 259
J 259
I 259
H 259
N 260
O 260
P 260
S 262
R 262
T 263
U 263
V 264
W 264
Y 264
Z 264