Data Obfuscation for Resistance and Protest

Ubiquitous collection and analysis of data has dramatically reshaped the nature of contemporary surveillance. Refusal is not an option as data exchange is an inherent condition of many essential, yet fundamentally asymmetric interactions with government as well as private, commercial actors. Obfuscation — the production of misleading, false, or ambiguous data — offers one vector of resistance, but when and whether it can be defended on practical and ethical grounds are crucial issues which must be addressed. Building on Obfuscation: A User’s Guide to Privacy and Protest (with F. Brunton, MIT Press 2015), Nissenbaum will highlight compelling scientific questions surrounding data obfuscation and argue for its safeguarding in law and policy.


NissenbaumHelen Nissenbaum
Professor of Media, Culture and Communication and Computer Science
New York University

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, and Computer Science, at New York University, where she is also Director of the Information Law Institute. Her work spans social, ethical, and political dimensions of information technology and digital media.

Nissenbaum holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University and a B.A. (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand. Before joining the faculty at NYU, she served as Associate Director of the Center for Human Values at Princeton University.