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Sniff, Scrape, Crawl…

04-May-12

The Piet Zwart Institute Master in Media Design and Communication department launches its new publication with Mute publishing: Sniff, Scrape, Crawl… {on privacy, surveillance and our shadowy data-double}.

A silent listener to our streaming confessions, the ambient social network envelops itself around our rituals, banalities and routines and traces the specificities of our dataset, or rather our shadowy data-double. Crawling and scraping, it creates a portrait of not only who we are as individuals, but also our demographic character, status and potential future self. Just as our data-double grows exponentially through these infinite feedback loops, the debate on privacy also proliferates. While discussions on the value of public space and the commons have regrettably waned, privacy has become the zone of contention for lawyers, large corporations, governments and individuals, who all have much at stake.

Sniff, Scrape, Crawl…. is the result of trying to make sense of these debates. Contributions from: Birgit Bachler, Seda Guerses, Inge Hoonte, Nicolas Maleve, Men in Grey, Julian Oliver & Danja Vasiliev, Michelle Teran, Steve Rushton, Discrete Dialogue Network and Amy Suo Wu.