Online social networking as participatory surveillance


  • Anders Albrechtslund



In this article, I argue that online social networking is anchored in surveillance practices. This gives us an opportunity to challenge conventional understandings of surveillance that often focus on control and disempowerment. In the context of online social networking, surveillance is something potentially empowering, subjectivity building and even playful — what I call participatory surveillance.

Author Biography

Anders Albrechtslund

Anders Albrechtslund holds a Master's Degree in Philosophy (2003) from the University of Southern Denmark, and since February 2005 is a PhD candidate at Aalborg University in Denmark. His research interests include philosophy of technology, surveillance studies and computer ethics.


How to Cite

Albrechtslund, A. (2008). Online social networking as participatory surveillance. First Monday, 13(3).