NYACC General Meeting
Thursday, February 11, 2016
at 7PM
At NYU – 32 Waverly Place, Silver Building
Room 408

A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest

Presented by Finn Brunton

Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum offer us ways to fight today‚Äôs pervasive digital surveillance — the collection of our data by governments, corporations, advertisers, and hackers. To the toolkit of privacy protecting techniques and projects, they propose adding obfuscation: the deliberate use of ambiguous, confusing, or misleading information to interfere with surveillance and data collection projects. Brunton and Nissenbaum provide tools and a rationale for evasion, noncompliance, refusal, even sabotage — especially for average users, those of us not in a position to opt out or exert control over data about ourselves.

Finn Brunton’s first book is Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet (2013, MIT Press). I’ve co-written a second book, Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest, with Helen Nissenbaum (2015, MIT Press). Right now I’m researching and writing a book about the history of digital cash and the technical imagination, and working on shorter articles, papers and chapters, including the history of formats for communication with extraterrestrial life, the Ashley Madison hack and its consequences, the production of random numbers, and a study of experimental currencies.

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