SAT APRIL 5 | 6p       HELEN NISSENBAUM (New York University) “Obfuscation as a Transgressive Practice against Data Tyranny”

Obfuscation is a tactic proposed by Helen Nissenbaum as a means of resistance against online surveillance and surreptitious data collection processes. As digital technologies become more sophisticated in data collection, replication, and retrieval, it is less possible for one to maintain privacy and untraceable online activity. The concept of obfuscation draws from a history of diversionary tactics, and informs a strategy in rendering one’s data obsolete, raising a series of philosophical, ethical and technical challenges. Helen will present her obfuscation projects and their critiques. This discussion will begin our conference’s exploration of transgressive options and dilemmas when online users to obscure their traceable data.


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