Privacy and twitter in Qatar

Traditional values in the digital world

Norah Abokhodair, Sofiane Abbar, Sarah Vieweg, Yelena Mejova

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Abstract

We explore the meaning of "privacy" from the perspective of Qatari nationals as it manifests in digital environments. Although privacy is an essential and widely respected value in many cultures, the way in which it is understood and enacted depends on context. It is especially vital to understand user behaviors regarding privacy in the digital sphere, where individuals increasingly publish personal information. Our mixed-methods analysis of 18K Twitter posts that mention "privacy" focuses on the face-to-face and digital contexts in which privacy is mentioned, and how those contexts lead to varied ideologies regarding privacy. We find that in the Arab Gulf, the need for privacy is often supported by Quranic text, advice on how to protect privacy is frequently discussed, and the use of paternalistic language by men when discussing women's privacy is common. Above all, privacy is framed as a communal attribute, including not only the individual, but the behavior of those around them; it even extends beyond one's lifespan. We contribute an analysis and description of these previously unexplored interpretations of privacy, which play a role in how users navigate social media.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWebSci 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Web Science Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages66-77
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450342087
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2016
Event8th ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci 2016 - Hannover, Germany
Duration: 22 May 201625 May 2016

Other

Other8th ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci 2016
CountryGermany
CityHannover
Period22/5/1625/5/16

Keywords

  • Arab world
  • Gender
  • Honor
  • Islam
  • Mixed methods
  • Privacy
  • Qatar
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

Cite this

Abokhodair, N., Abbar, S., Vieweg, S., & Mejova, Y. (2016). Privacy and twitter in Qatar: Traditional values in the digital world. In WebSci 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Web Science Conference (pp. 66-77). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2908131.2908146

Privacy and twitter in Qatar : Traditional values in the digital world. / Abokhodair, Norah; Abbar, Sofiane; Vieweg, Sarah; Mejova, Yelena.

WebSci 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Web Science Conference. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2016. p. 66-77.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abokhodair, N, Abbar, S, Vieweg, S & Mejova, Y 2016, Privacy and twitter in Qatar: Traditional values in the digital world. in WebSci 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Web Science Conference. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, pp. 66-77, 8th ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci 2016, Hannover, Germany, 22/5/16. https://doi.org/10.1145/2908131.2908146
Abokhodair N, Abbar S, Vieweg S, Mejova Y. Privacy and twitter in Qatar: Traditional values in the digital world. In WebSci 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Web Science Conference. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. 2016. p. 66-77 https://doi.org/10.1145/2908131.2908146
Abokhodair, Norah ; Abbar, Sofiane ; Vieweg, Sarah ; Mejova, Yelena. / Privacy and twitter in Qatar : Traditional values in the digital world. WebSci 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Web Science Conference. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 2016. pp. 66-77
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