Data Shadows: Anonymity and Digital Networks

Thursday 27 February, 2014
7pm, $0

ApexArt
291 Church Street

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The history of technology could be understood as an ongoing response to the threats and promises of anonymity. Today our digital networks are formed and reformed by the diametric forces that simultaneously expand and contract the avenues of anonymous activity: NSA spying, cryptocurrencies, omnipresent social media tracking, decentralized political activism. This panel discussion brings together artists and theorists to discuss the present and future of digital anonymity and its relevance for aesthetics, politics, and economics.

John Menick is an artist, writer, and programmer. He makes video and audio works, as well as writes essays and fiction. His artwork has been shown at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; MoMA PS1, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; CCA Wattis, San Francisco; and Artists Space, New York. His writing has appeared in friezeMousse, and Art in America

Finn Brunton is a scholar of the relationships between society, culture and information technology — how we make technological decisions, and deal with their consequences. He focuses on the adoption, adaptation, modification and misuse of digital media and hardware; privacy, information security, and encryption; network subcultures; hardware literacy; and obsolete and experimental media platforms. He currently teaches in the Media, Culture and Information department at NYU, he has written for ArtforumRadical Philosophy and his book Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet was published by MIT Press in 2013. 

Seda Gurses is post-doctoral researcher at the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography research group. She works on privacy in social networks, requirements engineering, privacy enhancing technologies and identity management systems. Her dissertation "Multilateral Privacy Requirements Analysis in Online Social Network Services" was written at the Arenberg School of Science, Engineering and Technology. 

Moderator:
A.E. Benenson is a writer and independent curator whose work explores the political aesthetics of contemporary visual technology through revisions of historical practices. 

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