Philip E. Agre & Marc Rotenberg (eds.) (1997). Technology and Privacy: The New Landscape. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press). ix + 325 pp. ISBN 0-262-01162-X. $25.00 (hardcover). Chapter references, list of contributors, index.

Current fascination with the concept of privacy-which didn't fully enter U.S. law until 1890-is rendered particularly important by the changes wrought by new media. Agre and Rotenberg have produced an integrated volume incorporating essays by experts in the field, one that tries to provide a conceptual framework both for analyzing and debating policies in the field, and for designing and developing information systems. These considerations go far beyond both statute and case law.

The ten chapters are: "Beyond the Mirror World: Privacy and the Representational Practices of Computing" by Philip Agre; "Design for Privacy in Multimedia computing and Communications Environments" by Victoria Bellotti; "Convergence Revisited: Toward a Global Policy for the Protection of Personal Data?" by Colin J. Bennett; "Privacy-Enhancing Technologies: Typology, Critique, Vision" by Herbert Burkert; "Re-Engineering the Right to Privacy: How Privacy Has Been Transformed from a Right to a Commodity" by Simon G. Davies; "Controlling Surveillance: Can Privacy Protection Be Made Effective?" by David H. Flaherty; "Does Privacy Law Work?" by Robert Gellman; "Generational Development of Data Protection in Europe" by Viktor Mayer-Schoneberger; "Cryptography, Secrets, and the Structuring of Trust" by David J. Phillips; and "Interactivity As Though Privacy Mattered" by Rohan Samarajiva.

True, this book is a half-dozen years old-but its goals and discussions remain valid, and should benefit those who read it.

The above article was published in Media Ethics , Fall 2004 (15:1), p. 50.