Obfuscation by Finn Brunton audiobook

Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest

By Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum
Read by Dana Hickox

Gildan Media, Gildan Audio 9780262029735
4.30 Hours Unabridged
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With Obfuscation, Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum mean to start a revolution. They are calling us not to the barricades but to our computers, offering us ways to fight today’s pervasive digital surveillance—the collection of our data by governments, corporations, advertisers, and hackers. To the toolkit of privacy protecting techniques and projects, they propose adding obfuscation: the deliberate use of ambiguous, confusing, or misleading information to interfere with surveillance and data collection projects. Brunton and Nissenbaum provide tools and a rationale for evasion, noncompliance, refusal, even sabotage—especially for average users, those of us not in a position to opt out or exert control over data about ourselves. Obfuscation will teach users to push back, software developers to keep their user data safe, and policy makers to gather data without misusing it. 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. They go on to consider obfuscation in more general terms, discussing why obfuscation is necessary, whether it is justified, how it works, and how it can be integrated with other privacy practices and technologies.

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Summary

Summary

With Obfuscation, Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum mean to start a revolution. They are calling us not to the barricades but to our computers, offering us ways to fight today’s pervasive digital surveillance—the collection of our data by governments, corporations, advertisers, and hackers. To the toolkit of privacy protecting techniques and projects, they propose adding obfuscation: the deliberate use of ambiguous, confusing, or misleading information to interfere with surveillance and data collection projects. Brunton and Nissenbaum provide tools and a rationale for evasion, noncompliance, refusal, even sabotage—especially for average users, those of us not in a position to opt out or exert control over data about ourselves. Obfuscation will teach users to push back, software developers to keep their user data safe, and policy makers to gather data without misusing it.

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. They go on to consider obfuscation in more general terms, discussing why obfuscation is necessary, whether it is justified, how it works, and how it can be integrated with other privacy practices and technologies.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An intelligently written handbook for subversives. I found the historical examples fascinating and the ethical discussion thought-provoking.” Lorrie Faith Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University
“A fascinating collection of examples of decoys, camouflage, and information hiding from the human and animal worlds.” Ross Anderson, University of Cambridge

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Author

Author Bio: Finn Brunton

Author Bio: Finn Brunton

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.

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Author Bio: Helen Nissenbaum

Author Bio: Helen Nissenbaum

Helen Nissenbaum is professor of media, culture, and communication and computer science at New York University and the author of Privacy in Context. She is one of the developers of the TrackMeNot browser extension.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Technology & Engineering
Runtime: 4.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English