2022 – ICA-Preconference

Comparative Privacy and the Literacies of a Networked Age:
A Critical Approach

Endorsed by the following ICA divisions: Communication & Technology Division, @Communication Law & Policy Division, Children Adolescents and Media and by the French Society of Information and Communication Sciences (SFSIC)

OFF-SITE | Université de Haute-Alsace, UHA’s Campus Fonderie – FSESJ (Faculté des Sciences Economiques Sociales et Juridiques), 16, rue de la Fonderie in Mulhouse

Conference date: May 24-25

Jointly organized by CPRN (Comparative Privacy Research Network, https://comparativeprivacy.org/) in collaboration with CEJEM (Research Network on Youth and Media).


Drawing on previous and ongoing conversations and collaborations, this preconference aims to attend to privacy literacy’s critical comparative nature by bringing together scholars that examine the cultural, political, and otherwise contextualized aspects of privacy literacy. The ultimate goal is to enhance conversation in communication studies about the ways in which systematic comparative cross-cultural analyses of privacy literacy may be conceptualized, theorized, and operationalized in novel ways. This preconference will be organized in two parts: First, keynotes will provide inputs on the central issues and concepts involved such as privacy, comparative research, and media literacy. Secondly, interactive sessions will focus on three main aspects of comparative privacy literacy research, namely: conceptualization, operationalization, and collaboration. These sessions will bring together competitively selected presentations followed by a discussion on the challenges of conceptualizing and operationalizing critical privacy literacy from a cross-cultural perspective. The presentation sessions will be followed by group activities where participants will discuss solutions to particular challenges. This final session will take the form of a guided discussion in the larger group that will build on the diversity of the group in order to consider new, future-oriented research questions and forge future collaborations.


24/05/202216.30 – 19.00CPRN Meeting and Roundtable
19.30Get-Together, Food and drinksLocation:
Nomad Café
28 B Rue François Spoerry, Mulhouse (Google Maps)
25/05/20228.30 – 9.00Welcome on siteLocation of the preconference:
Salles des colloques, FSESJ, UHA,
16, rue de la Fonderie, 68093 Mulhouse (Google Maps)
9.00 – 9.30Introduction Comparative Privacy Research Framework: Comparing Privacy Literacies Across Structural Units
CPRN Members
9.30 – 10.15Session 1:
The value of Privacy – Conceptual and Legal Approaches
Live discussion session on pre-uploaded contributions (Link to videos, password protected):

1/ Comparing the Concept of Privacy in Mandarin Chinese and American English
Yuanye Ma (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

2/ The civic transformation of data privacy implementation in Europe: A comparative analysis of bottom-up data protection enforcement by NGOs across member states
Ido Sivan-Sevilla (University of Maryland), Inbar Mizarhi Borohovich (University of Haifa) and Abraham Newman (Georgetown University)

3/ Adaptive agency and privacy perceptions in technological contexts in China
Xiaoxiao Meng (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
10.15 – 11.15Keynote 1Towards data culture. Autonomy  and protection of privacy through data practices in everyday life
Sarah Labelle (Université de Montpellier)
11.15 – 11.30Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00Session 2:
Privacy and Literacy
Hybrid session with live talks and pre-recorded talks (Link to videos, password protected):

1/ Adoprivacy, exploring privacy and privacy literacy: a critical approach
Sophie Jehel (Université Paris 8) Valentyna Dymytrova (Université Lyon 3), Jean-Marc Meunier (Université Paris 8),  and Valentine Favel Kapoian, (Université Lyon 1)

2/What Contributes to Young Adults’ Privacy Protection Behavior in Mobile Communication
Maria Mustățea and Delia Cristina Balaban (both Babeș-Bolyai University)

3/ Experiencing digital privacy: how users understand privacy policies on Chinese digital platforms under the first Personal Information Protection Law
Liming Liu (Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College), and Yiming Chen (Jinan University)

4/ Privacy literacy in developers’ GitHub README files
Keren Levy-Eshkol and Rivka Ribak (both Department of Communication, University of Haifa)

5/ From “Passive” to “Active”: The Construction of the Algorithm Literacy of Digital Gig Workers
Xinyi Hong (Renming University of China)

6/ The effects of internet privacy perceptions on internet uses in later life
Jošt Bartol, Katja Prevodnik, Vasja Vehovar and Andraž Petrovčič (all University of Ljubljana)
13.00 – 14.10Lunch buffet on site
14.15 – 15.15Keynote 2Abundance: Comparative Research of the Experience of Living in a World of Information Plenty
Pablo Boczkowski (Northwestern University)
15.15 – 16.45Session 3:
Comparative approaches in privacy research : structural units
Hybrid session with live talks and pre-recorded talks (Link to videos, password protected):

1/ Now you see me, now you don’t: Webcam use, surveillance, and privacy during COVID-19 distance learning in German and Israeli schools
Nicholas John (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Sven Joeckel (Universität Erfurt), Leyla Dogruel (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) and Dmitry Epstein (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

2/ Keeping it private: A comparative study on privacy literacy skills on social media in Mexico and the UK
Renata Mekovec (University of Zagreb), Cristina Miguel (University of Gothenburg), and Rodrigo Perez-Vega (University of Kent)

3/ Rethinking Online Privacy Literacy from the Perspective of Spatial-Sociological Comparison
Anke Fiedler (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich)

4/ The Role of Privacy Concerns and Social Network Size in Online Political Expression on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Christian Pieter Hoffmann (University of Leipzig) and Shelley Boulianne (MacEwan University) 

5/ Tell Me Your Friends’ Lists and I will Tell You Who You Are: A Comparative Analysis of Facebook Privacy Management among American and Russian Students
Aleksandr Shchekoturov (Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University)
16.45 – 17.10Coffee Break
17.15 – 18.00Network session
18.00 – 18.15Closing Remarks