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) […]

Special Issue: The social productivity of anonymity

Some members of our research group are involved in editing a special issue of  the Organization Studies journal „Ephemera“: The Social Productivity of Anonymity. The submission deadline has passed, publishing date is some time in mid-2016. Issue Editors: Götz Bachmann, Michi Knecht and Andreas Wittel.    

Forschungsprojekt untersucht Wandel der Anonymität

Interdisziplinäres Forschungsprojekt „Re-Configuring Anonymity – Contemporary Forms of Reciprocity, Identifiability and Accountability in Transformation“ („Re-Konfigurationen von Anonymität: Reziprozität, Identifizierbarkeit und Verantwortlichkeit im Umbruch“, Zusammenfassung) Gefördert im Programm „Schlüsselthemen für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft“ der VolkswagenStiftung. Laufzeit: 1. Juli 2015 bis 31. Dezember 2018 Beteiligte Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler