On September 25, I’ll be part of a panel on sexting at Carleton University. Here are the details:

Teenage Sexting: Digital Cultures, Digital Economies & Crime Control

September 25, 2012 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Room 2228 River Building, Carleton University

Jessica Ringrose, Institute of Education, University of London — “Ratings and Hating: Sexting, Digital Sexual Cultures and Risk”

Amy Adele Hasinoff, Art History & Communications Studies, McGill University — “Sexting and the Digital Economy: Gender and the Value of Privacy and Consent”

Lara Karaian, Institute of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Carleton University — “Slut-shaming, ‘Self-exploitation’ and Whiteness in Canadian Extra/Legal Response to Sexting”

Here is what I plan to talk about in my presentation:

In 1999, a technology CEO stated: “You have zero privacy. Get over it.” Is it true that privacy is impossible online? By socializing on the internet and on mobile devices, users deliberately and inadvertently generate personal artifacts and data that can be persistent, easily replicable, and even searchable. The often invisible collecting, packaging, and re-selling of this personal information is increasingly important to the digital economy. In this paper I investigate gendered constructions of consent and privacy by examining the discussions about sexting in media, law, and policy discourses. I argue that the assertion that there is no such thing as online privacy serves specific corporate interests and disproportionately impacts marginalized people. I offer an alternative model of social media that prioritizes consent and points to new ways of thinking about the ownership, distribution, and privacy of personal media content.

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