Cyberpsychology’s special issue on self-disclosure and privacy published

Privacy and disclosure special issue of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace edited by Michel Walrave, Sonja Utz, Alexander P. Schouten, Wannes Heirman is now out and available for download (and hopefully for wide reading, discussing, citing).

Also included in the special issue is an article from SIMLAB (Murat Kezer, Barış Sevi, Zeynep Cemalcılar, and Lemi Baruh). The article compares three age groups  (18-40, 41-65, 65+) in terms of their tendency to self-disclose on Facebook, and their privacy attitudes, privacy literacy and use of privacy protective measures.

The study reports that young adults are more likely than other age groups to self-disclose on Facebook; yet, they are also the age group that is most likely to utilize privacy protective measures on Facebook. Furthermore, using a multidimensional approach to privacy attitude measurement, the study reports that while young adults are more likely to be concerned about their own privacy, mature adults tend to be more concerned about others’ privacy. Finally, the findings of the study suggest that the impact of privacy attitudes on privacy-protective behaviors is strongest among mature adults.

Here is the link to the full article.

We thank the editors of the special issue Michel Walrave, Sonja Utz, Alexander P. Schouten, Wannes Heirman for the opportunity.

PhD Studentship(s) at Social Interaction and Media Lab, Koç University, Istanbul

SIMLAB at Koç University, Istanbul is looking for candidates for PhD studentships interested in working in the following topics:

  • Online socialization
  • Impression formation, relationship initiation and maintanance on social media
  • Self-disclosure, communication and detection of emotions on social media
  • Social media and identity
  • Privacy attitudes, preferences and privacy management behavior of users

Candidates should have a background, and preferably graduate training, in social psychology, media studies, or other related fields. Candidates who have applied experience in quantitative research methods, statistical analysis, field management, and/or programming languages are particularly welcome.

Information regarding application procedures for PhD studentships are provided in the Design, Technology, & Society (DTS) PhD program webpage. Further inquiries about the application procedures should be sent to simlab@ku.edu.tr

Candidates who are accepted as PhD students will receive scholarships as described in the webpage of the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University

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The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics has arrived

The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics, edited by Axel Bruns, Gunn Enli, Eli Skogerbø, Anders Olof Larsson and Christian Christensen is now available for purchase.

About the book:

Social media are now widely used for political protests, campaigns, and communication in developed and developing nations, but available research has not yet paid sufficient attention to experiences beyond the US and UK. This collection tackles this imbalance head-on, compiling cutting-edge research across six continents to provide a comprehensive, global, up-to-date review of recent political uses of social media.

Drawing together empirical analyses of the use of social media by political movements and in national and regional elections and referenda, The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics presents studies ranging from Anonymous and the Arab Spring to the Greek Aganaktismenoi, and from South Korean presidential elections to the Scottish independence referendum. The book is framed by a selection of keystone theoretical contributions, evaluating and updating existing frameworks for the social media age.

— And here is the part for shameless self-promotion:  Included in the book is a chapter on use of social media during Gezi Protests in Turkey, conspicuously entitled as: “Social Media Use during Political Crises: The Case of the Gezi Protests in Turkey” (authored by Hayley Watson and myself).

 

Why “notice and choice” approaches to privacy reduce our privacy

In a recently published article, we (Lemi Baruh and Mihaela Popescu) discuss the limitations of reliance on market mechanisms for privacy protection.

Self-management frameworks such as “notice or choice” are inherently biased towards 1) reducing the level of privacy enjoyed by the members of the society and 2) creating privacy inequities (i.e., privacy haves and have nots). In the article we also discuss an alternative way of approaching privacy protection in the age of big data analytics.

Here is the abstract:

This article looks at how the logic of big data analytics, which promotes an aura of unchallenged objectivity to the algorithmic analysis of quantitative data, preempts individuals’ ability to self-define and closes off any opportunity for those inferences to be challenged or resisted. We argue that the predominant privacy protection regimes based on the privacy self-management framework of “notice and choice” not only fail to protect individual privacy, but also underplay privacy as a collective good. To illustrate this claim, we discuss how two possible individual strategies—withdrawal from the market (avoidance) and complete reliance on market-provided privacy protections (assimilation)—may result in less privacy options available to the society at large. We conclude by discussing how acknowledging the collective dimension of privacy could provide more meaningful alternatives for privacy protection.

Sharing sensitive information on Twitter and its “rubbernecking effect”

In a new article titled “Rubbernecking Effect of Intimate Information on Twitter: When Getting Attention Works Against Interpersonal Attraction” published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, we (Lemi Baruh and Zeynep Cemalcılar) discuss the effects of sharing sensitive (intimate) information in social media platform Twitter.

The article focuses on how viewers of a Twitter account react to sensitive information they see on a Twitter profile: While viewers of a Twitter account may initially stick around longer to look at a profile containing more sensitive information, they find profiles sharing sensitive information less attractive. We link this reaction to satisfaction of a voyeuristic curiosity. Just like the rubbernecking behaviour of “a driver passing by a car accident, the satisfaction of voyeuristic curiosity through profile browsing on Twitter is temporarily enjoyed at the moment when the opportunity is available”.

Below is the abstract:

Social networking sites offer individuals an opportunity to document and share information about themselves, as well as engaging in social browsing to learn about others. As a micro-blogging site within which users often share information publicly, Twitter may be a particularly suitable venue that can help satisfy both of these motivations. This study investigates how viewers react to disclosure of intimate information on Twitter. Specifically, the impact of disclosure intimacy is studied on attention that viewers pay to a Twitter page, reduction in their uncertainty about the attributes of the page owner, and their interpersonal attraction to the owner of the page. A total of 618 adult online panel members viewed one of six Twitter pages that contained either low-intimacy or high-intimacy tweets. Analyses indicated that viewers exposed to the Twitter pages containing high-intimate information paid more attention to the pages, were more confident about the attributions they could make about the page owner, yet were less willing to pursue further socialization with the page owner. Furthermore, attributional confidence mediated and perceived similarity moderated the relationship between disclosure intimacy and interpersonal attraction. This interaction between disclosure intimacy and perceived similarity was such that viewers who considered the page owner to be similar (dissimilar) to themselves were more (less) socially attracted to page owners who disclosed intimate information. These findings suggest that while intimate information shared on a Twitter page draws attention, this does not necessarily result in further socialization with the page owner—an effect we named as the “rubbernecking effect” of intimate information.

Survey on UGC and Working with Traumatic Images

Peers from Eyewitness Media Hub have a new survey on User Generated Content and Working with Traumatic Images.

The purpose of the survey is to improve our understanding of the challenges facing professionals handling user-generated content (UGC) and the provisions currently in place to support those engaging with traumatic UGC.

The study is sponsored by Open Society Foundation.

I claim no involvement in the project but appreciate its value. It would be great if you can take the survey (if relevant) or forward it to others for whom the survey may be relevant.

The survey links:

For English

For Turkish

New Media Faculty Positions at Kadir Has University

The New Media Department at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, invites applications for an associate/assistant professor and for a lecturer position in new media beginning 2015-2016 academic year. Successful candidates should have following qualifications.

Qualifications for the associate/assistant professor position:

  • A Ph.D. degree in the field of Communication and Media, Sociology, Economy or Management;
  • A record of scholarly achievement and research;
  • Experience in teaching and administrative work at the university;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

Qualifications for the lecturer position:

  • Professional experience in the new media field;
  • Teaching experience;
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English.

Candidates with expertise in economy and marketing in new media and/or quantitative research methods and big data are encouraged to apply, but applicants in other fields of new media are also welcomed.

Kadir Has University, located in Istanbul, Turkey, is a comprehensive four-year university. Located in a historic city campus, Kadir Has University offers its students an inspiring environment characterized by close student and faculty interaction. For more information about the university and the department, please visit website (www.khas.edu.tr).

The deadline for applications is May 10, 2015. Please send your resume and cover letter to Assist. Prof. Çiğdem Bozdağ (cigdem.bozdag@khas.edu.tr)

Guidelines for the Use of New Media in Crisis Situations


The COntribution of Social Media In Crisis Management (COSMIC ), funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7, Grant agreement no: 312737) has now been completed.

The conclusion to our project comes with a set of guidelines for use of new media in emergencies.   The guidelines adopt “AID” principles to use of media technologies:

  • Acknowledging the fact that civil society can be trusted;
  • Increasing the ability of civil society to take responsibility for further guarding its own well-being;
  • Developing the capacities of public authorities for adapting to social media use by civil society.

Using these principles the guidelines provide a set of tools as well as “Tips and Tricks” for utilisation of new media by members of the public authorities, volunteer organisations, and citizens.

  • A copy of the most recent version of the guidelines are here
  • A short summary of Tips and Tricks for public authorities are here
  • A short summary of Tips and Tricks for citizens are hereCosmic Logo

Design Lab at Koç University Presents: A Cinematic Talk with Peter Greenaway

Academic, painter and master of cinema, Peter Greenaway, will release his new film, “Eisenstein in Guanajuato”, this year. Prior to the film’s release, Mr. Greenaway will meet with designers in a talk organized by Koç University Design Lab.

At the event that will take place as part of the Istanbul Design Biennial, and with support from the SGKM and the Social Sciences Institute, Greenaway will speak about the passionate transformation of his cinema into a present-tense, multi-screen and non-narrative one. By exhibiting the phases he experienced in this remarkable and challenging journey Greenaway will show four films which he considers that might aid his optimism: A HISTORY OF ITALIAN DESIGN commissioned by the MILAN DESIGN MUSEUM, ATOMIC BOMBS DROPPED ON THE PLANET EARTH, a speculative venture, THE TOWERS – LUCCA HUBRIS, commissioned by the CITY OF LUCCA in Italy, and VERONESE’S THE MARRIAGE commissioned by the CINI FOUNDATION in Venice. While discussing these films, he will share with us his critique on the Death of Cinema.

Admission Free, Invitation Only
23 October 2014, 19:00 – Sevgi Gönül Cultural Center Koç University Sarıyer

For invitations: Sosyotix
Facebook page: A Cinematic Talk with Peter Greenaway

Call for Feedbacks on “Guidelines for the use of new media by the public in crisis situations”

COSMIC project, funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), is waiting for your feedback on its recent “Guidelines for the use of new media by the public in crisis situations”.

The draft report provides guidelines that citizens may help in the optimal use of social media during crisis situations. Tips and tricks are formulated for the different roles that citizens can take during crises. Aim of the guidelines is to improve social media usage during crisis situations in order to make citizens more self-reliant and consequently increase their safety and security. Guidelines specially aimed at governmental authorities and private organizations are in preparation.

The guidelines can be viewed here.

We would like to invite practitioners in the field of crisis and emergency management, social media experts, (social) scientists and social media users to provide feedback on the first version of the guidelines. Feel free to provide your feedback on COSMIC LinkedIn page or below as a comment.

We appreciate your help!