[Eyebeam Presents] #ArtsTech: Privacy/Identity

  • September 18, 2012 · 7:00 PM

In the age of "transparency" and big data, questions around privacy and identity loom large. While some people want to create what are essentially "driver's licenses for the web" that will link back to your personal identity wherever you go online (i.e. Google+, Facebook profiles), others warn of the costs associated with giving up our right to anonymity and what this might mean for free speech and censorship online. This is a BIG topic that affects all of us as denizens of the web, and in this meetup we'll merely be skimming the surface. Our panel of speakers will present a variety of perspectives on these issues to help get the conversation started.



7:00pm – Doors. Mingling over wine and snacks provided by Tumblr

7:30-8:45pm – Presentations and short panel discussion with the speakers

8:30-10:00pm – Conversation continues over wine



Cole Stryker is a freelance writer and media strategist based in New York City. He is the author of Hacking the Future: Privacy, Identity, and Anonymity on the Web (out this month from The Overlook Press), as well as Epic Win for Anonymous, the first book to explore the underground Internet meme culture factory called 4chan, and Anonymous, the hacktivist collective it spawned. His writing has appeared in SalonViceThe New York ObserverThe Huffington Post, and elsewhere. More at colestryer.com.


Kyle McDonald is a media artist who works with code, with a background in philosophy and computer science. He creates intricate systems with playful realizations, sharing the source and challenging others to create and contribute. Kyle is a regular collaborator on arts-engineering initiatives such as openFrameworks, having developed a number of extensions which provide connectivity to powerful image processing and computer vision libraries. For the past few years, Kyle has applied these techniques to problems in 3D sensing, for interaction and visualization, starting with structured light techniques, and later the Kinect. Kyle's work ranges from hyper-formal glitch experiments to tactical and interrogative installations and performance. He was recently Guest Researcher in residence at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan, and is currently adjunct professor at ITP.


Museum Nerd will be giving an anonymous presentation via Skype. In lieu of a bio, he has provided us with the following crowdsourced descriptions of himself:


"no physical description, no fixed address, no discernible motive, digs James Turrell" - @MDammit

"social web's most-extensive aggregator of museum exhibitions and events." - @zoebfox

"A source for museum-related flâneur love and general feel good art vibrations in 140 characters or less." - @hragv

"Museum Nerd is a nerd. A nerd of museums and the sort." An IRL talk? Will you be wearing a mask? - @art21

"...faster than a speeding bullet..." - @theBoBartlett

"@museumnerd is a cultural Twitter icon (Twicon) who has been getting people interested in museums for the past [insert number] years"- @AlizaySteinberg

"expert in collections at many museums you've never heard of" - @resuitener

Since March 2010, Museum Nerd has checked in at museums 247 times on Foursquare.


This event is made possible with support from Eyebeam and Tumblr, and livestream support from CultureHub.


About our sponsors:

Eyebeam is the leading not-for-profit art and technology center in the United States.  It provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation.

Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website that allows users to share multimedia content quickly and easily with a vibrant community of peers.

CultureHub is an incubator for creativity focused on bringing together artists from diverse disciplines and cultures to explore art and technology as a means for developing new forms of expression, sharing creative experiences and promoting global collaboration, learning and innovation.


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  • Chris G.

    Smart presenters, voice transmogrifiers, the presence of danger. Couldn't ask for anything more.

    September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Loved it!! The format showed a lot of thought. It was really good to first hear from each speaker separately. That way, we were able to get the gist of what each had to say before they came together as a panel. Thematically, the panel also had a nice mix of diversity. I haven't been part of the ArtsTech community that long, but this was the best meetup I've been to. Props to you, Julia, for pulling it off so perfectly!!

    September 19, 2012

  • Benjamin H.

    Absolutely fascinating presentations and informed discussion. Really well chosen speakers. Thank you!

    September 19, 2012

  • Chris G.

    Excellent, Julia does an amazing job. She's so active in all the right places. Kudos.

    September 19, 2012

  • Miriam

    Sorry I missed meeting everyone tonight. Was this event recorded? Please post the site where it can be viewed again. Thank you.

    September 18, 2012

  • Miriam

    I'll register on Tuesday when I get there...

    September 15, 2012

  • Giovanna S.

    I have a coverage for this meetup group. Please check the link in below.

    September 11, 2012

  • Lisa N.

    "As people are becoming more aware of the value of their data, some are seeking to protect it, and sometimes sell it. In January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, executives and academics gathered to discuss how to turn personal data into an "asset class" by giving people the right to manage and sell it on their own behalf. "Data is a new form of currency"

    There is something probably here ….

    TRUSTe, has raised $12 million from venture capitalists to expand its privacy services.

    Reputation.com Inc. has raised $15 million and tripled its investments in new privacy initiatives including a service that removes people's names from online databases and a tool to let people encrypt their Facebook posts.

    Personal Inc has raised $7.6 million for a business that aims to help people profit from providing their personal information to advertisers." - via Tony Fish/My Digital Footprint.com

    September 9, 2012

  • Lisa N.

    I'll be curious to learn if the speakers had heard of and could comment on ALLOW, a London start up that offers to sell your personal data for a commission. http://www.mydigitalfootprint.c...­ I'll be there, interesting topic Julia!

    September 9, 2012

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