Research Talk by Mr. Patrick Sharbaugh

“Look But Don’t Touch: Conceptions of Online Personal Privacy in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”


Date: Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Venue: CNM Playroom, AS6, #03-38, 11 Computing Drive, Singapore 117416, NUS

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Is privacy as an idea and a practice a purely Western notion? Is it limited to developed societies? Is privacy incompatible with collectivist traditions? In an era defined by ever more ways of sharing the intimate details of our personal lives and ever fewer ways of controlling that information, these questions matter more than ever. Vietnam-based lecturer and researcher Patrick Sharbaugh shares the results of his recent study of how Vietnamese netizens think about online personal privacy, revealing a picture that seems to differ from many of the most commonly accepted ideas about what privacy means and why we care about it.


About the speaker:

Mr. Patrick Sharbaugh teaches and conducts research into new media technologies and practices at RMIT International University in Saigon, Vietnam, where he teaches Asian Cybercultures, Theories of Communication, and Negotiating Strategies. He has a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from his home state of South Carolina in the U.S. His most recent research is on the topic of Vietnamese conceptions of online personal privacy, which he presented this year at the 7th Global Cybercultures Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, and at the International Communication Association’s New Media and Citizenship in Asia preconference in Phoenix, AZ.

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