Obfuscation Book Launch
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Brunton and Nissenbaum present a guide to the forms and formats that obfuscation has taken and explain how to craft its implementation to suit the goal and the adversary. They describe a series of historical and contemporary examples, including radar chaff deployed by World War II pilots, Twitter bots that hobbled the social media strategy of popular protest movements, and software that can camouflage users’ search queries and stymie online advertising.
Finn Brunton is Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and the author of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet.
Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication and Computer Science at New York University, where she is Director of the Information Law Institute. She is the author of Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life. She is one of the developers of the TrackMeNot software.
Seda Gurses (moderator) is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. She works on privacy and requirements engineering, privacy enhancing technologies and surveillance.