Next week I will be participating in an evening event titled “Data Shadows: Anonymity and Digital Networks” put together by Alexander Benenson as part of the public program in conjunction with the exhibition Private Matters organized by Ceren Erdem, Jamie Schwartz and Lisa Hayes Williams. I plan to present the next episode of the series “A Failed Coup Attempt with Folk Songs” of which I found traces of part II , part III, and part V . Now the task is to figure out what the number of the part is when presenting at apexart where I will have the pleasure of sharing the room with, among others, Finn Brunton and John Menick. Most of my talk will be a reflection on some of the thoughts in the article titled “The Spectre of Anonymity” given the backdrop of the revelations about the NSA surveillance programs.
The event will take place on the 27th of February, 2014 at 7pm at apexart.
My first encounters with the concept of obfuscation go back to discussions that the privacy research group at COSIC/ESAT (KUL) had about TrackMeNot in 2012. Back then we were discussing the efficacy of the possible protections offered by TrackMeNot when faced with a “learning” machine. Little did I know that one day I would have close encounters with the creators of TrackMeNot, Helen Nissenbaum, Vincent Toubiana and Daniel Howe. All three will be at the Symposium on Obfuscation which takes place next week at NYU. The line up of speakers include Susan Stryker, Nick Montfort, Laura Kurgan, Claudia Diaz, Günes Acar, Finn Brunton, Hanna Rose Shell, Joseph Turow as well as Rachel Greenstadt representing her research group that developed “Anonymouth”, Daniel Howe, the creator of “Ad Nauseam”, and Rachel Law, the maker of “Vortex”. You can find out more about the event here.