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Roger Clarke's 'Social Media and Law'

Social Media and Privacy:
The Technical Requirements, and the Role of Law

Notes of 5 January 2014

For presentation at Bahçesehir Üniversitesi, Besiktas on 20 January 2014

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Major changes are necessary to the current forms of anti-social social media services, in order to make them more consumer-oriented and less consumer-exploitative. This seminar begins by distinguishing the various categories of social media services. It then presents a catalogue of privacy issues, and highlights the most serious concerns. Technical features are identified that would address those concerns. This leads to a discussion of ways in which laws could be reformed so as to support consumer-friendly design features.


A relevant paper is forthcoming:

Clarke R. (2013) 'Privacy and Social Media: An Analytical Framework' Forthcoming in Journal of Law, Information and Science 23, 2 (December 2013), PrePrint at

A second paper is in advanced draft:

Clarke R. (2013) 'Consumer-Oriented Social Media: The Identification of Key Characteristics' Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, February 2013, at

See also:

Clarke R. (2002) 'e-Consent: A Critical Element of Trust in e-Business' Proc. 15th Bled Electronic Commerce Conference, Bled, Slovenia, 17-19 June 2002, at

Clarke R. (2006) 'A Pilot Study of the Effectiveness of Privacy Policy Statements' Proc. 19th Bled eCommerce Conf., Slovenia, 5-7 June 2006, at

Clarke R. (2008a) 'B2C Distrust Factors in the Prosumer Era', Invited Keynote, Proc. Collecter IberoAmerica eCommerce Conf., Madrid, June 2008, at

Clarke R. (2008b) 'Web 2.0 as Syndication' Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research 3,2 (August 2008) 30-43, at, PrePrint at

Clarke R. (2010) 'An Evaluation of the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy of the LinkedIn Professional Networking Service' Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, December 2010, at

Author Affiliations

Roger Clarke is Principal of Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, Canberra. He is also a Visiting Professor in Cyberspace Law & Policy at the University of N.S.W., and a Visiting Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University. He is also Chair of the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF), 2006-14, and has been Secretary of the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) since 2012.

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