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Privacy after social media: a reflection from healthcare and bioethics

What we are seeing is a transformation of our concepts of self, the domains of intimacy which we value, the kind of privacy we set store by.

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Privacy after social media: a reflection from healthcare and bioethics

What we are seeing is a transformation of our concepts of self, the domains of intimacy which we value, the kind of privacy we set store by.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world
PA Images/Rich Pedroncelli. All rights reserved.

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Our guest editor, Valsamis Mitsilegas, director of the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary University of London, introduces this week’s theme: Privacy and Surveillance in 2016.

Peel power, the real Northern Powerhouse

Examining one holder of real power in the northwest can give us clues about the true shape of the Northern Powerhouse.

Austerity Ireland: Europe open your eyes

Europe must stop lauding Ireland as a success story and instead recognise the damage done to Irish society by the harsh austerity politics inflicted upon her.

The problem(s) with Varoufakis’ DiEM25 manifesto

Can the EU really be democratised? A response to Varoufakis' new programme

Post-conflict in Colombia (5). ICTs and citizen participation

Information and Communication Technologies must play an important role in promoting the participation of citizens in the process of implementing the Havana agreements. Español

Climate change increases risk of Zika virus

22 Latin American countries have reported cases of Zika. As the global temperature rises and Aedes aegypti moves to new habitats, the emergency becomes international. Español Português

Workaholics anonymous: four ways to take time out

Being an effective, productive employee was everything I dreamt of. Until illness caught up with me and I had to learn to take a break.

Why I have removed my backing for an NHS commission

The proposed 'NHS Commission' lacks red lines on the founding principles of the NHS - that it is comprehensive and publicly funded - and so risks becoming a vehicle for privateers.

What does Zika have to do with inequality? Everything.

Women’s rights advocates are using fears around Zika to fight for better access to birth control, but in Latin America the issues run much deeper than that. Español

How international media failed Moldova’s protesters

There’s more to Moldova's protests than “pro-European” versus “pro-Russian”.

 

Back from the dead and standing on Travellers’ Doorstep – the case of the EU PNR Directive

This framework places the movement of travellers, including EU citizens, under constant monitoring, irrespective of the fact that they are a priori innocent and unsuspected of any criminal offence.

Privacy after social media: a reflection from healthcare and bioethics

The standard ethical argument for confidentiality and data protection via consent turns on personal autonomy.

Spanish politics: a numbers game

Spain is currently in a political deadlock and Catalonia is the key for unlocking the situation, but only if a compromise can be reached.

Emergency politics are the wrong path for today's Europe

The recent calls in France to see its "state of emergency" extended are totally incompatible with the needs and realities of twenty-first century democracy. Here's why.

A law beyond improvement

Defining “political activity” may seem like an academic exercise, but in Russia, it is an existential one.

 

San Salvador, not Caracas, was the world´s most murderous city in 2015

With almost 200 murders by 100.000 inhabitants, probably San Salvador´s murder rate exceeds the violent death rate in many of the world´s most vicious armed conflicts. Español Português

Venezuela, where polarising is so easy

Politicians negotiate only when they are forced to. In a broken nation, the only thing that can make Chavism accept to negotiate with a tough opposition is social pressure. Español

It's time to make the progressive case for staying in the EU

Britain's exit from the EU wouldn't liberate us from neoliberalism. Only joint struggles across borders can do that.

The antidote to neoliberalism in Eastern Europe? A Nordic model based on justice

Only a strong Left will be able to challenge the hegemonic Right in Central and Eastern Europe. Scandinavian Social Democracy offers the model for this challenge.

Developing a global privacy regime in the age of mass surveillance: four key principles

Europe leads in the field of the protection of privacy, with legislators, particularly courts, addressing head-on the fundamental human rights challenges posed by executive action authorising mass surveillance.

Introducing this week's theme: Privacy and surveillance in 2016

Civil society and the judiciary slowly but steadily brought gains to the protection of privacy after 9/11 that political responses to the Paris attacks and the refugee flows in 2015 and 2016 could just sweep aside. How does the relationship between surveillance and privacy currently stand?

The role of independent supervision in upholding privacy in the age of surveillance

This independence is even more important in an age where surveillance of individuals takes place on a mass scale, also benefiting from the potential in big data use.

The politics of punishing war crimes in Sri Lanka

Prioritising the punishment of war criminals in Sri Lanka over other measures to achieve reconciliation risks re-empowering the extremists and undermining the government’s genuine reform efforts.

The Palestinian Museum: imperilled objects and unsafe ideas

Palestine’s first National Museum opens in the West Bank in May - a “cultural mothership” drawing together pieces from a scattered and censored Palestinian history.

Black ‘archival’ pain: the blurring of Black pasts and a Black present

Incessant Black death across American ‘history’ reveals an open-ended archive of anti-Black state violence. Black people keep dying, and while past and present differ they simultaneously blur.

Beyond Paris: avoiding the trap of carbon metrics

Instead of changing our economic system to make it fit within the natural limits of the planet, we are redefining nature so that it fits within the economic system.

Window on the Middle East – February 7, 2016

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East.

To the BBC: don’t give airtime to the Taliban’s threats

Afghanis inside and outside the country have been angered by the BBC's interview with a Taliban spokesman directly after a suicide attack, in which he announced a new target.

To the shores of Tripoli

Great Britain and Italy are preparing to send ground troops to Libya, and American troops will likely be involved eventually – ironic developments given western intervention helped create a failed state in Libya in the first place.

Reflections from Arab Spring to refugee crisis in Europe: an argument for measure and the rule of law

As we must find ways to deal with economic migration in all its variations and the effects it has on society and economy, we must offer a rights-based welcome to those who qualify for asylum.

'Commons sense’: you either see it or you don’t

Some of the debates regarding agency, change and commoning that flowed through openDemocracy in 2015.