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 […]

Geographic Profiling

Scientists have used geographic profiling methods to try and identify the pseudonymous UK street artist Banksy. The commentaries (links see below) are more critical than this introductory abstract: „The pseudonymous artist Banksy is one of the UK’s most successful contemporary artists, but his identity remains a mystery. Here, we use a Dirichlet process mixture (DPM) […]

Anonymity in Journalism (in German)

The results of a workshop on the role of anonymity, especially with regard to journalism, were summarised in this blog entry at Berliner Gazette: Sind wir bereit für Anonymität? / Are we ready for anonymity? It features two short case studies, one on Belarus, the other on France. – Particularly useful is the toolbox for […]