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TOWARDS AN EXPLORATION OF CROSSCULTURAL FACTORS IN PRIVACY ONLINE
 

Summary: TOWARDS AN EXPLORATION OF CROSSCULTURAL
FACTORS IN PRIVACY ONLINE
By Steve McRobb, in collaboration with Yohko Orito, Kiyoshi
Murata and Andrew Adams
1. Abstract
This paper presents a description of the early stages of a collaborative, crosscultural,
multidisciplinary project that seeks to investigate how privacy online is understood in
Japan as compared with the United Kingdom. Much still remains to be done and
perhaps there will be a lot more to report by the time this paper is presented at
conference.
Previous studies have examined this topic in the context of Western democracies, and to
a limited extent also in the Middle East. But relatively little attention has thus far been
paid to crosscultural factors, and those few studies that have addressed this topic have
so far been inconclusive about the role of culture in relation to privacy issues and
Internet behaviour.
The Internet is now emphatically a global phenomenon with little respect for national,
cultural or language differences. It is not under the hegemony of any one social group,
whether at local, national or regional level. In recognition of this, the study aims to
address the gap in our knowledge.
2. Introduction

  

Source: Adams, Andrew A. - School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences