Editorial: The state of online self-disclosure in an era of commodified privacy

Special issue: Online Self-disclosure and Privacy

Author biographies

Michel Walrave

Michel Walrave is a professor at the Department of Communication Studies of the University of Antwerp. He is responsible for the research group MIOS. His research is centered around online self-disclosure and privacy. He investigates individuals’ self-disclosure and privacy in interpersonal online communication on social network sites. More particularly, his research focuses on self-disclosure’s opportunities (e.g., social capital) as well as risks (e.g., cyberbullying). He also investigates sensitive disclosures (e.g., sexting), their motives and consequences. Next to interpersonal self-disclosures, he also studies internet users’ entrusting of personal data to businesses and how consumers deal with new forms of interactive marketing.

Sonja Utz

Sonja Utz is a professor for communication via social media at University of Tübingen, Germany. She is head of the research lab social media at Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien. Her research focuses on the effects of social media use in interpersonal and professional settings.

Alexander P. Schouten

Alexander Schouten is an assistant professor of Digital Media at the Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication. His research interests focus on online impression formation and social attraction.

Wannes Heirman

Wannes Heirman (Ph.D) is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer affiliated with the University of Antwerp and the Artesis Plantijn College in Antwerp. His research interest encompasses several strands (e.g., adolescents' involvement in online privacy-related risks and cyberbullying). He has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals on these topics. For an overview of these publications, please visit his personal webpage on the following address: https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/personeel/wannes-heirman/publicaties/

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