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Exploring Communication Privacy Management in Today’s Networked Life
13/05/2015 10:00 - 12:00
iMinds-SMIT-VUB - Pleinlaan 9, 1st floor, 1050 Brussel
The ways in which we communicate have been altered substantially in our contemporary society. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops all connect people.
Yet, it is especially true that by using social network services we have become “networked”. Although this networked life provides opportunities for self-presentation and social capital, people reveal a tremendous amount of personal information in order to sustain connections with others.

The dialectical tension between revealing to feed social needs and, at the same time, wishing to have a degree of control over our private information fulfilling autonomy needs means that people must use some type of decision system.
Communication Privacy Management (CPM) theory offers such a system that provides an understanding of how people regulate revealing and concealing to reach their goals.

However, because we do not live in a perfect world, CPM theory also shows how there can be problems in choices people make causing privacy management turbulence to occur. Out of that turbulence CPM argues that people can see their mistakes and ways to recalibrate their initial choices so that their private information is managed more effectively.

In this lecture Prof. dr. Sandra Petronio will introduce the Communication Privacy Management theoretical perspective, a theory that is grounded in more than 35 years of research across and within many contexts and cultures. Research applications will also be discussed to illustrate application of the Communication Privacy Management system.
Biography Prof. dr. Petronio

Petronio (PhD. University of Michigan) is currently a Professor in the IU Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and in the IU School of Medicine. She is also Senior Affiliate Faculty in the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, IU Health, and an adjunct faculty in the IU School of Nursing and Informatics. Recently, she has been appointed Director of the newly formed, Communication Privacy Management Center. Petronio’s areas of expertise are in interpersonal, health, and family communication. She studies privacy, disclosure, and confidentiality and developed the evidenced-based “Communication Privacy Management” (CPM) theory over the last 35 years. Her book on CPM theory, published in 2002 entitled, “Boundaries of Privacy: Dialectics of Disclosure” won the Gerald R. Miller Award from the National Communication Association and the book award from the International Association of Relationship Research. Her work on CPM theory has been used across a number of cultures, in many contexts, including social media, health, family, business, and the in legal domain. Petronio has published five other books, including one on HIV/AIDS and disclosure, numerous articles in scholarly journals and chapters, served as a journal editor and special issues editor for several communication journals. She received the National Communication Association’s Bernard J. Brommel Lifetime Award for Excellence in Family Communication and the National Communication Association’s Mark Knapp Award in Interpersonal and recently received the WSCA Distinguished Scholar Award. She also served as President of the International Association of Relationship Research and the Western States Communication Association.