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Vanity or Privacy? Social Media as a Facilitator of Privacy and Trust

  • Jessica Staddon
CSCW Workshop: Reconciling Privacy with Social Media (2012)


In this position paper, we argue that social media provides valuable support for the perception of one’s self and others, and in doing so, supports privacy. In addition we suggest that engagement, which reflects a certain degree of trust, can be facilitated by social information. We support our arguments with results from a recent privacy survey and a study of social annotations in search.

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