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Book Club # 7 – The Known Citizen & Bring Your Own Privacy Song

Location: Online (on Teams)
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Following the privacy vintage movie night, this will be our second privacy-themed Book Club of the year! Given that the book is a bit bigger than our usual reads, you may want to start reading already, so here are the details:

The Known Citizen, A History of Privacy in Modern America by Sarah E. Igo (592 pages)


Book Club co-coordinator Laura Drechsler, will prologue the book. She has also offered shorter alternative reads by the same author for those who want to participate, but do not have the time to read the book before our meeting:

  • Sarah E. Igo, How you helped create the crisis in private data, The Conversation, 10 April 2018
  • Sarah E. Igo, Prediction Machines: Looking Backward to Understand America’s Obsession with Behavioral Forecasting Reviews in American History Vol. 49, Iss. 1, (Mar 2021): 100-112
  • Sarah E. Igo, Me and My Data. Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 1 November 2018; 48 (5): 616–626. doi:
  • Any other read by Igo with a historical angle

If you prefer watching/listening, another alternative could be as well the FPF Book Club recording with invited guest, Prof Sarah Igo .

Our Book Club #7 will take place on Monday 4 July 2022, at its usual timeslot 17:00-18:30 (Brussels time) online. If you wish to receive the MS Teams link to our virtual Book Club space, send an email to and .


PS: For this Book Club, you are also invited to BYOPS (Bring your own privacy song). You can get inspired by the playlist about privacy and surveillance put together by LSTS co-director, Prof. Gloria González Fuster.