IRS Patrick Cichy
Thuesday, 7 June 2016, 10 am, TIM Social Area
Struggle over legitimacy in the field of internet-enabled services
Data is considered the “oil of the digital era” and its exploitation in various industry sectors predicted to spur innovation and unleash a new wave of productivity. However, as many of the emerging data streams originate from the interaction of individuals with information technology (e.g. personal computers and smartphones), practices of its commercial exploitation give rise to serious tensions between business goals and individuals’ privacy preference. This study seeks to shed light on consequent legitimacy struggles that are particularly salient in the field of internet-enabled services. Did practices of creating value from data become more legitimate as they diffuse through time and various technological contexts?