Privacy as Knowledge Commons Governance: An Appraisal

Madelyn Sanfilippo, Katherine J. Strandburg, Brett M. Frischmann

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Personal information is inherently about someone, is often shared unintentionally or involuntarily, flows via commercial communication infrastructure, and can be instrumental and often essential to building trust among members of a community. As a result, privacy commons governance may be ineffective, illegitimate, or both if it does not appropriately account for the interests of information subjects or if infrastructure is owned and designed by actors whose interests may be misaligned or in conflict with the interests of information subjects. Additional newly emerging themes include the importance of trust; the contestability of commons governance legitimacy; and the co-emergence of contributor communities and knowledge resources. The contributions in this volume also confirm and deepen insights into recurring themes identified in previous GKC studies, while the distinctive characteristics of personal information add nuance and uncover limitations. The studies in this volume move us significantly forward in our understanding of knowledge commons, while opening up important new directions for future research and policy development, as discussed in this concluding chapter.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGoverning Privacy in Knowledge Commons
EditorsMadelyn Rose Sanfilippo, Brett M. Frischmann, Katherine J. Strandburg
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781108749978
ISBN (Print)9781108485142
StatePublished - Mar 2021

Publication series

NameCambridge Studies on Governing Knowledge Commons


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