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Title: The governance of cyberspace and the protection of privacy in Malaysia
Author: Ghani, Abdul Samad Abdul
ISNI:       0000 0001 3495 7087
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2007
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The rapid development of the Internet and the permeation of information and communications technologies into various aspects of human activities are presenting new area of risk to privacy. As personal, social, economic and governmental activities are increasingly digitalised and conducted online, concerns are being raised about the ability of the law to protect information and communications cyberspace. The techno-social and borderJess nature of cyberspace pose various problems to privacy protection through legal measures~ This study explores and examines multi-modal and multi-actor approach to privacy protection as presented by governance in cyberspace. It seeks to analyse the notion of governance and privacy in cyberspace and understands how law can adapt to the condition of risk and reflexivity in order to continue to provide protection to information and communication privacy. The study begins by. bUilding theoretical frameworks of governance and privacy in cyberspace. These frameworks provide the analytical background for empirical research into the nature and practice of privacy protection in selected organisations in Malaysia. The investigation into the nature and forms of governance in Malaysia includes analysing its laws and policies in relation to information and communications privacy. In scrutinising Malaysian laws in relation to information and communication privacy, some reference to the laws in England and Wales will be made as Malaysian laws draw heavily on English common .law. This research argues that despite the pressure on conventional modes of privacy protection, informal, networked and multi-layered forms of privacy protection are emerging as a result of social reflexivity and responses towards risks in cyber-spatial activity. ~he research also argues that the conditions of risk and reflexivity are compelling the nation-state to adapt and restructure laws and policies on information and communication privacy in ways that synchronise with governance in cyberspace. This will include redefining the relationship between state and non-state actors in the context of purposive governance networks as well as finding innovative approach to develop reflexive institutions. This research will provide a critical and analytical understanding into how states, institutions, organisations, communities and individuals can adapt to cyberspace in order to improve the protection of information and communications privacy.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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