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Surveillance: The DNA of platform capital — The case of Cambridge Analytica put into perspective

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This paper places the case of Cambridge Analytica's theft of data from Facebook user profiles into a larger context of the growing importance of surveillance in modern-day capitalism. It argues that in the current phase of capitalism, data, particularly user data, is becoming a 'fictitious commodity' that is used by various commercial entities as the key 'raw material'. The operation of such entities, which is effectively based on continuous privacy invasions, is not brought into question and...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
International Development
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Theory and Event Journal website
Volume:
21
Issue:
4
Pages:
891-913
Publication date:
2018-10-26
Acceptance date:
2018-09-25
EISSN:
1092-311X
ISSN:
2572-6633
Pubs id:
pubs:942291
URN:
uri:15e74c10-225f-4bd7-b086-8e1fdb1b79e8
UUID:
uuid:15e74c10-225f-4bd7-b086-8e1fdb1b79e8
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pubs:942291

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