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Digital Participation, Surveillance, and Agency: Insights into the Role of Digital Literacy to Manage Risk



Buchanan S & Husain Z (2022) Digital Participation, Surveillance, and Agency: Insights into the Role of Digital Literacy to Manage Risk. In: Kurbanoğlu S, Špiranec S, Ünal Y, Boustany J & Kos D (eds.) Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 1533. 7th European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2021), Bamberg, Germany, 20.09.2021-23.09.2021. Cham, Switzerland: Springer, pp. 719-729.

This paper contributes to our understanding of digital inequalities, and the empowering role of digital literacy. We report on a study examining the social media related information behaviours of Muslim women within a Muslim nation that provides insights into the role of digital literacy to circumvent sociocultural boundaries and manage risk. Social media provides our participants with an important source of everyday information, and important medium for social connection and personal expression; however, our participants use of social media is closely monitored and controlled by family, and in particular, by husbands and/or male relatives. Carefully managed privacy settings and pseudonym accounts are used to circumvent boundaries and move between social and information worlds, but not without risk of social transgression. Findings contribute to our conceptual understanding of digital literacy including social, moral, and intellectual aspects.

information behaviour; digital literacy; digital citizenship

Title of seriesCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Number in series1533
Publication date31/12/2022
Publication date online06/04/2022
Place of publicationCham, Switzerland
ISSN of series1865-0929
Conference7th European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2021)
Conference locationBamberg, Germany

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Professor Steven Buchanan

Professor Steven Buchanan

Professor in Comms., Media and Culture, Communications, Media and Culture