Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest (MIT Press)

Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest (MIT Press)

Finn Brunton, Helen Nissenbaum


With Obfuscation, Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum suggest to begin a revolution. they're calling us to not the barricades yet to our pcs, providing us how you can struggle ultra-modern pervasive electronic surveillance -- the gathering of our facts by means of governments, organisations, advertisers, and hackers. To the toolkit of privateness conserving strategies and tasks, they suggest including obfuscation: the planned use of ambiguous, complicated, or deceptive info to intrude with surveillance and information assortment tasks. Brunton and Nissenbaum supply instruments and a purpose for evasion, noncompliance, refusal, even sabotage -- in particular for common clients, these folks no longer able to decide out or exert regulate over info approximately ourselves. Obfuscation will train clients to chase away, software program builders to maintain their person information secure, and coverage makers to collect info with out misusing it.

Brunton and Nissenbaum current a advisor to the kinds and codecs that obfuscation has taken and clarify how you can craft its implementation to fit the objective and the adversary. They describe a sequence of old and modern examples, together with radar chaff deployed by way of international conflict II pilots, Twitter bots that hobbled the social media technique of well known protest routine, and software program which could camouflage clients' seek queries and stymie web advertising. They cross directly to contemplate obfuscation in additional common phrases, discussing why obfuscation is critical, if it is justified, the way it works, and the way it may be built-in with different privateness practices and technologies.

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