On Anonymous – moral hackers?

„Internetkollektiv Anonymous – Digitale Spaßguerilla oder Hacker mit Moral?“ A radio feature about the Anonymous internet collective; discussing a.o. the diverging strategies of Anonymous activists, some radically opposed to state institutions, some cooperating with them. The programme was screened on the German public station Deutschlandradio Kultur, 23. 5. 2016 (in German).

Anonymity takes a massive blow

The public release of the „Panama Papers“ this week by Süddeutsche Zeitung and others uncovers many names of people who tried to stay anonymous by founding offshore companies to manage part of their incomes. Despite the apparent legality of most of the procedures, one may ask why these people put so much effort into a […]

Known and anonymous victims in Iran

One of the artists participating in the „Reconfiguring Anonymity“ project, Parastou Forouhar, recently spent two months in Iran where she grew up and where her parents, the oppositional politicians Daryoush Forouhar und Parvaneh Eskandari, were killed by secret police officers in 1998. In her report (in English, and here: in German/auf Deutsch), Parastou Forouhar describes her […]

Surveilling consumption

Still, everything is being done to transform the opaque and anonymous consumer into a transparent and identifiable one. Sami Coll analyses consumer surveillance and it becomes clear why anonymity has little place in it. See: Sami Coll (2016) Discipline and Reward: The Surveillance of Consumers through Loyalty Cards, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 42(1)

Anonymous Searches

In an interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt (2011), he not only said: „We know where you are – with your permission. We know where you’ve been – with your permission. And then we can more or less guess what you’re thinking about.“ – but also: „You can do anonymous searches, they are just not […]

Daniel de Zeeuw on Anonymity

The Dutch media theorist Daniel de Zeeuw has published several articles and interviews on Anonymity, and the Anonymous hacker group. His MA-thesis was „One Name, One Game. Anonymous and the revenge of the object.“ He is currently working on a PhD project at the University of Amsterdam, about the politics and aesthetics of anonymity in […]