Päivikki Karhula


Karhula bcs2016


Privacy in the use of information has traditionally been one of the core values for libraries. However, during internet age policy level statements of privacy have experienced fast erosion, since technologies have overridden their significance. Monitoring of networked communications has extended to searches, content production, use information resources and generally into information flows. Simultaneously, policies of mass surveillance are more commonly utilized even in democratic countries. Eventually, it has become impossible to guarantee privacy of communications and use of information for library users. Päivikki Karhula’s presentation examines conceptualization of privacy as a boundary definition and the impacts of technologies to regulate our communication and physical space.


  • Ekholm, Kai & Karhula, Päivikki (2012), Sleepwalking toward a control society. Ten must-know trends. Freedom of speech and censorship on an internet age. Project report. http://www.sananvapausjasensuuriverkkoaikana.com/artikkelit/pdf/Loppuraportti_english_250912.pdf
  • Karhula, Päivikki (2008), The cattle hotshot – citizens on a shade of the ubiquitous society. In: Paratiisi vai panoptikon?: Näkökulmia ubiikkiyhteiskuntaan. Päivikki Karhula (edit.). Helsinki, Eduskunnan kirjasto, 2008.
  • Karhula, Päivikki (2010), Controversies of the new information environment – kiss goodbye for privacy. World Library and Information Congress: 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly.


  • Karhula, Päivikki (2012), Data-driven futures – censorship takes new forms. FAIFE Spotlights. Oct 5 2012.
  • Karhula, Päivikki (2012), Internet censorshiptakes new forms. Signum (2012), 3.
  • Karhula, Päivikki (2015), Transparency and redefining boundaries. Scandinavian Library Quarterly, 48 (2015):3.


  • Karhula, Päivikki (2012), What is the effect of WikiLeaks for Freedom of Information? FAIFE Spotlights. Oct 5 2012.