RCA-associate researcher Alexandra Waligorski has just published an article (in German) that reviews current artistic practices that reflect on masking and transparency: Alexandra Waligorski: „Datenmasken und Mugshots. Maskierung als künstlerische Praxis in einer transparenten Gesellschaft.“ in Kritische Berichte, Heft 1.2016, „Ästhetik(en) des Widerstands“, S. 8-19.
The anthropologist Gabriella Coleman has extensively studied the social and technical background of the Anonymous online protest group, incl. her 2013 report, „Anonymous in Context: The Politics and Power behind the Mask„.
The Anonymouth text anonymization tool for texts has recently been criticized by the US critic of digital culture, Ted Byfield, in a posting on the Nettime mailing list (25 May 2016). Byfield points out that Anonymouth is closely related to stylometric projects which try to do exactly the opposite, i.e. identify anonymous authors.
„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).
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 […]
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 […]
… by the Google Cardboard Plastic. … besides, an idea that RCA-related artist Aram Bartholl already realised in 2006, in different versions… like First Person Shooter and WoW.
The people from the Tor project published a statement about the relevance of online anonymity, in the context of the recent struggle in the US between the FBI and Apple around the security of an Apple iPhone (Apple refuses the US government access to unlocking the phone of one of the San Bernadino terrorists).
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)
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 […]