Privacy, internet and pluralist democracy


  • Natalina Stamile University of Brescia and Carlo Bo University of Urbino



privacy, security, transparency, feminism, law and economics, NSA.


The aim of this study is to discuss some important criticism of digital rights, in particular of the right to privacy, by feminist and law economics scholars.Then,its relation to security and transparency is proposed. In particular, I argue that such theoretical lenses would help shed light on recent cases concerning controversial surveillance leaks, which highlight the deficiency of legitimacy as well as of the jurisdiction and ethical agency of leading democratic states: e.g. The NSA scandal. Finally, I will criticize this approach and will highlight some real treats to the fundamental rights when I consider the possibility of a pluralist democracy in the dimension of the Internet.


Biografia do Autor

  • Natalina Stamile, University of Brescia and Carlo Bo University of Urbino
    Natalina Stamile having been a post-doctoral researcher and Professor in the Postgraduate Programme in Law at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil (2016–19), is currently “Assegnista di ricerca” in Legal Philosophy at the University of Brescia, Italy, and of Legal Spanish at the Carlo Bo University of Urbino, Italy. She completed her PhD in 2012 on the Legal Theory and European Legal Order programme at Magna Graecia University of Catanzaro, Italy. She has also been a visiting researcher in numerous universities, and the author of essays and articles in different languages. Her main research areas are gender and theory and philosophy of Law, principle of equality and fundamental rights, reasonableness and constitutional justice, legal informatics and legal language.    


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