Friday, 21 May 2010

Regulation: Google and Facebook

The Economist has weighed in here on the recent privacy furore over the two best-known internet companies arguing that Google and especially Facebook should change the way they look after people’s personal information. Unusually for a newspaper that distrusts government intervention they state that plainly there are real grounds for concern, particularly in regards to Google's claim that it discovered that its software had been accidentally recording private information for several years (see here).

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I am director of the Media and Persuasive Communication (MPC) network at Bangor University where I also lecture on political-economy of the media. I am currently working on a book provisionally titled Deconstructing Privacy for Peter Lang and leading two empirical projects in connection with privacy perception and the use of new media for smoking cessation. I am author of Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process (Routledge, 2013); The Mood of Information: A Critique of Behavioural Advertising (Continuum, 2011); and Digital Advertising (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009). Please contact me at if you are interested in Ph.D supervision or consultancy services.