What Can These Cyberfeminists Teach Us About Big Data and Web Privacy?

Check out this two-minute teaser on a group of cyberfeminist researchers who put their heads together recently during a week-long artist residency at Frank Ratchye Studio in Pittsburgh.

They examined how the themes of privacy, security, surveillance, anonymity, and large-scale data collection affect the arts, culture, and society.

You can view the full 18-minute documentary by Jonathan Minard, along with thought-provoking lectures by each participant here.

Maddy Varner: “It’s a Catch 22 situation. I need to choose whether I want to be culturally relevant and adhere to social norms, and get invited to Facebook events, or if I want to be safe and protect my privacy… We’re dumping all this information in massive server farms in the middle of nowhere run by the government.”

Runa Sandvik:

By using the Internet, you are opting giving away all this information about yourself.

Denise Caruso: “Normal people are a little intimidated by it and they don’t know enough to know what they should be watching out for.”

More and more in the tech world, women are participating in digital culture, so it’s important to share and create techniques and tools for survival within it.

I found it interesting that most of these women prefer life without this technology, but to interact with a large part of society they need to be using these things.

So with this in mind, they do the best they can to understand it and I think they do a pretty good job at that.

Harlo Holmes (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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Addie Wagenknecht artwork. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

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