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dc.contributor.authorNewk-Fon Hey Tow, William
dc.contributor.authorDell, Peter
dc.contributor.authorVenable, John
dc.contributor.editorAnnett Mills
dc.contributor.editorSid Huff
dc.identifier.citationNewk-Fon Hey Tow, William and Dell, Peter and Venable, John. 2008. Understanding information disclosure behaviour in Australian facebook users, in Mills, A. and Huff, S. (ed), 19th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS), Dec 3 2008. Christchurch, New Zealand: Australasian Conference on Information Systems

The advent of social networking websites presents further opportunities for criminals to obtain information for use in identity theft, cyber-stalking, and worse activities. This paper presents exploratory research investigating why users of social networking websites willingly disclose personal information and what sorts of information they provide (or not). The study employed an ethnographic approach of participation in the online community and interviews of community members, combined with a quantitative survey. The findings show that users are often simply not aware of the issues or feel that the risk to them personally is very low. The paper recommends that government agencies or social networking websites themselves conduct campaigns to inform the public of these issues and that social networking websites consider removing some facilities. The study was conducted in an Australian context and focussed on the popular Facebook website.

dc.publisherAustralasian Conference on Information Systems
dc.subjectidentity theft
dc.subjectinformation disclosure
dc.subjectSocial networking websites
dc.titleUnderstanding information disclosure behaviour in Australian facebook users
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.title19th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
dcterms.source.series19th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
dcterms.source.conferenceACIS 2008
dcterms.source.conference-start-date3 Dec 2008
dcterms.source.conferencelocationChristchurch, New Zealand
dcterms.source.placeChristchurch, New Zealand
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyCurtin Business School
curtin.facultySchool of Information Systems

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