Privacy security and accountability

Adam D. Moore (editor), Privacy, Security and Accountability: Ethics, Law and Policy (2015)

Privacy, Security, and Accountability is a terrific collection of essays by leading thinkers on privacy and security. These essays explore philosophically the role of privacy and security in democratic society. The chapters have depth and tackle the enduring questions in insightful and interesting ways. Rich with theory, the book is also accessible and timely.

social dimensions of privacy

Beate Roessler & Dorota Mokrosinska (editors), Social Dimensions of Privacy (2015)

The book has a wonderful selection of short philosophical essays on privacy, and I’m honored to be included among the terrific group of chapter authors, who include Anita Allen, Paul Schwartz, Helen Nissenbaum, Judith Wagner DeCew, Kirsty Hughes, Colin Bennett, Adam Moore, and Priscilla Regan, among many others. Each chapter is succinct and well-chosen.

The rise of the right to know

Michael Schudson, The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, 1945-1975 (2015)

David Greenberg (Rutgers University) writes: “The Rise of the Right to Know identifies the emergence of transparency or openness in the 1960s and ’70s as a leading principle in American political culture.” George Brock writes in the Times Literary Supplement: “By piecing together the story of new laws on freedom of information, consumer labeling and…

The architecture of privacy

Courtney Bowman, Ari Gesher, John K Grant, Daniel Slate, & Elissa Lerner, The Architecture of Privacy (2015)

This Privacy by Design guide demonstrates in a practical and thoughtful way how software can be engineered to be more privacy-protective. From the book description: “Ideal for software engineers new to privacy, this book helps you examine privacy-protective information management architectures and their foundational components—building blocks that you can combine in many ways. Policymakers, academics,…

Sexting panic

Amy Adele Hasinoff, Sexting Panic: Rethinking Criminalization, Privacy, and Consent (2015)

From Danah Boyd: “A fantastic antidote to the media-driven moral panic. . . . Hasinoff’s thoughtful book offers a framework for rethinking sexual media production and the politics of consent. This is a critical intervention to a fraught topic.” From Choice: “The author’s aim is to propose alternative ways to deal with gender and sexual…


Bernard E. Harcourt, Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age (2015)

Seyla Benhabib (Yale University) writes: “An impassioned plea to liberal democrats to wake up to the perils posed by the new digital technologies to their freedoms and selves. We have become a ‘society of expositors,’ willingly and naively exposing our most intimate lives to the scrutiny of impersonal agencies, endangering not only our civil liberties…