Both of the articles in the blog has a key message for the viewers which is raising awareness on online data privacy and security. The name of the authors mentioned in both posts are highly specialised in online data security and privacy are and talked about different issues and aspects regarding the data usage and security awareness, its historical background and other technical aspects. They also describe how data can be used in predictive analysis to improve business, human service, health sectors, energy sectors etc.  However, the first post also mentioned about data encryption technology and its advantage and limitation as well.



Figure 1: (Online Privacy, Bradley Schwartz, n.d.)

Scholarly Article 1: Privacy and Big data
by Terence Craig and Mary Ludloff


The two authors of the book are Terence Craig and Mary Ludloff. The book seems to be aimed at potential early-year students at universities or any person that is interested in this field, judging by the simple language of the text and the structure of the book. Both the authors have had an academic approach to the book, which indicates the high level of reliable information that they would be presenting. They also have 20 years experience working in the technology sector. In this way, they would be an expert, as the have an extensive background in the topic as well as a professional background, which is one of the strongest cases for being considered an expert. Furthermore, the fact that there is a contribution of two leaders in the field further improves the value of the work.

Some quick background research indicated that this was the first book either of the authors has published. But in this case, they take a more academic approach to what privacy and the basic right of a human being, such as maintaining privacy is. They also provide an in-depth analysis into some of the common regulators of the information, such as the department of commerce, energy and health and human services (among many) as well as a brief history.

The authors conclude that there is a significant battle between the moral and security aspects of the data encryption, but given that there is so much information out there, it is impossible to control the level of security we are able to achieve for our data. As a result, it works to our advantage that the security intelligence has a certain level of access to the information, as long as it is controlled to an extent.

Scholarly Article 2: Online Privacy
by Pam Dixon and Robert Gellman

The editors of the handbook are Pam Dixon and Robert Gellman. Pam Dixon founded the World Privacy forum and is an author and researcher. Together with Robert Gellman, her book on The Scoring of America has been considered a ground-breaking report on data brokers and predictive analytics. She is generally considered an expert in workplace privacy and data signage amongst other things. She is a member of a number of boards and bodies and consults to the OECD. Robert Gellman is a privacy and information policy consultant. He has worked on privacy in a number of capacities, including as a legal and policy perspectives. Though he now works as a consultant, he has also held a number of academic positions. Give both editors’ extensive experience and expertise; they would be highly trustworthy on this subject.

It is likely that both editors’ were motivated to collate these works under one handbook due to their experience and interest in the area. The Preface of the book states that privacy is a timely topic, with little consensus regarding associating issues. Providing a platform to achieve that consensus is likely to be another motivator for creating this book.

As editors to this handbook, their role would be to collate the work of a number of authors. However, both editors have written about this topic on their own, and together, as mentioned above. Both would have also written on the topic in other professional capacities, as listed above.

This handbook is academically rigorous, and thus the editors’ position is highly nuanced. It goes through a historical background, key issues, and then broadens to an international perspective. I agree that the issue is highly complex and very technical. I also agree that the issue of online privacy is highly timely, and is different to offline privacy. This is a common position shared by many in the field.

by Ayesha Mira


Craig, T. & Ludloff, M. E. 2011, Privacy and Big Data, O’Reilly Media, Inc. , Sebastopol.

Dixon, P. & Gellman, R. 2011, Online Privacy, ABC-CLIO,LLC, California.

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Schwartz, B. n.d. , Online Privacy, Pinterest, viewed 4 March 2014, viewed 5 august 2016,