The Kaleidoscope of Privacy: Differences across French, German, UK, and US GDPR Media Discourse

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Title: The Kaleidoscope of Privacy: Differences across French, German, UK, and US GDPR Media Discourse
Authors: Sanford, MaryYasseri, Taha
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12714
Date: 6-Apr-2021
Online since: 2022-01-11T12:42:05Z
Abstract: Conceptions of privacy differ by culture. In the Internet age, digital tools continuously challenge the way users, technologists, and governments define, value, and protect privacy. National and supranational entities attempt to regulate privacy and protect data managed online. The European Union passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which took effect on 25 May 2018. The research presented here draws on two years of media reporting on GDPR from French, German, UK, and US sources. We use the unsupervised machine learning method of topic modelling to compare the thematic structure of the news articles across time and geographic regions. Our work emphasises the relevance of regional differences regarding valuations of privacy and potential obstacles to the implementation of unilateral data protection regulation such as GDPR. We find that the topics and trends over time in GDPR media coverage of the four countries reflect the differences found across their traditional privacy cultures.
Funding Details: Alan Turing Institute
Type of material: Journal Article
Keywords: GDPRPrivacyDiscourseTopic modellingCambridge Analytica
DOI: 10.31235/osf.io/4anzs
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
Appears in Collections:Sociology Research Collection
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