Public Facebook Groups for Political Activism

Madelyn Rose Sanfilippo, Katherine J. Strandburg

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The rise of social media has raised questions about the vitality of privacy values and concerns about threats to privacy. The convergence of politics with social media use amplifies the privacy concerns traditionally associated with political organizing, particularly when marginalized groups and minority politics are involved. Despite the importance of these issues, there has been little empirical exploration of how privacy governs political activism and organizing in online environments. This chapter explores how privacy concerns shape political organizing on Facebook, through detailed case studies of how groups associated with March for Science, Day Without Immigrants (“DWI”), and Women’s March govern information flows. These cases address distinct issues, while operating in similar contexts and on the same timescales, allowing for the exploration of privacy in governance of personal information flows in political organizing and Facebook sub-communities. Privacy practices and concerns differed between the cases, depending on factors such as the nature of the group, the political issues it confronts, and its relationships to other organizations or movements.
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

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NameCambridge Studies on Governing Knowledge Commons

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