activism

Transmediale: real life and media art, as seen by the press

Und dann waren da die Medienkünstler, ihrerseits verblüffend unerschütterlich in ihrem Glauben, dass es menschenfreundlichere Algorithmen schon richten werden, ein bisschen Open-Source-Software, etwas Netz-Dezentralisierung und ein paar ganz clevere technologische Subversiongesten. Sie nennen es “Gaming the System”. Warum nicht mal das Smartphone mit all den fiesen Tracking- und Fitness-Apps ein paar Tage lang auf eine […]

All Cameras Are Police Cameras

All Cameras Are Police Cameras Great essay by James Bridle, about the advances in locking down public space. Surveillance images are all “before” images, in the sense of “before and after”. The “after” might be anything: an earthquake, a riot, a protest, a war. Any system reliant on flow, which is all networks from vehicle […]

Classic privacy arguments

If you’re willing to render yourself sufficiently harmless, sufficiently unthreatening, to those who wield political power, then, and only then can you be free of the dangers of surveillance. Glenn Greenwald, Why Privacy Matters

Can you hide from Big Data?

Someone tried.  Janet Vertesi, assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University, had an idea: would it be possible to hide her pregnancy from big data? Thinking about technology—the way we use it and the way it uses us—is her professional life’s work. Pregnant women, she knew, are a marketing gold mine; a pregnant woman’s marketing […]