Information System Lectures  

21.11.16 16:15

Researcher Perspective(s) and the Role of Perspective in Privacy-Related Research, Prof. Roger Clarke

Montag, 21. November 2016 - 15:15 Uhr - Seminarraum 5 (I 127)

Prof. Roger Clarke


The topic of his lecture will be “Researcher Perspective(s) and the Role of Perspective in Privacy-Related Research“. The notion of researcher perspective is reviewed, and a range of alternative perspectives identified, variously on the economic, the social and the environmental dimensions. In IS research, the system-sponsor perspective dominates. Single-perspective research is juxtaposed against research that adopts dual perspectives, in order to highlight how moving beyond the conventional, narrow confines increases the value of IS research. Beyond this, multi-perspective research is discussed. Addressing such questions enables the discipline to extend its scope beyond the limitations of business school thinking, so that it can also address vital public policy issues. Examples of research questions are provided, some drawn from published papers, and some devised in order to draw out the distinctions and evaluate their applicability and their benefits. Single-perspective research, primarily addressing system sponsors' interests, has seriously negative consequences not only for other stakeholders, but even for system sponsors. These problems are especially acute in contexts in which privacy is a factor, such as B2C eCommerce, investigations into how corporations can most cheaply acquire personal data, and the expropriation of personal data from social media. Implications are drawn for individual researchers, and for the IS discipline. It is concluded that a focus on the question of researcher perspective(s) will both improve research quality and enable the discipline to escape from the narrow confines to which it has long constrained itself.

Short Biography

Roger Clarke has spent the last 35 years as a consultant on strategic and policy aspects of advanced information technologies.  The scope of his work has extended from EDI, via eCommerce, to eBusiness and digital transformation, across information infrastructure issues, and out to robotics, drones and cyborgisation. He spent a decade as a senior information systems academic at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.  Since 1995, he has had longstanding Visiting Professorships at the University of Hong Kong (in Engineering), at ANU (in Computer Science), and at the University of NSW in Sydney (in Cyberspace Law and Policy). He has published over 150 refereed papers, and has over 6,000 citations, despite much of his work being cross-disciplinary, and some of it counter-cultural: Since 1994, all of his papers have been open access on his web-site, at He has been a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems since 2012, and of the Australian Computer Society since 1986. He has been involved in privacy issues since 1972, originally on behalf of the then-fledgling computer industry.  Since 1987, he has served as a Board member of the longest-established privacy advocacy NGO in the world, the Australian Privacy Foundation, including as Chair 2006-14.  He has also served for a decade as a Board member of Electronic Frontiers Australia and as a Director and Secretary of the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-au).

letzte Änderung: 10.11.2016