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. She has written and edited seven books, including Values at Play in Digital Games, with Mary Flanagan (MIT Press, 2014), and Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford University Press, 2010) and her research publications have appeared in journals of philosophy, politics, law, media studies, information studies, and computer science. The National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ford Foundation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator have supported her work on privacy, trust online, and security, as well as several studies of values embodied in computer system design, search engines, digital games,facial recognition technology, and health information systems. 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.
We are delighted to present the launch of AdNauseam at #DL14. AdNauseam is another tool in the series of resistance to data capture and digital labor through obfuscation. AdNauseum creators, Daniel Howe, Helen Nissenbaum, and Mushon Zer-Aviv will demo AdNauseum, explain design choices, and address political challenges.
AdNauseam is a browser extension designed to obfuscate browsing data and protect users from surveillance and tracking by advertising networks. With the help of AdBlock Plus it hides users’ interests in a plain sight by automatically clicking all ads presented on the web pages we visit. By assembling and listing the images of all these ads, its interface reveals to users how we are perceived by our commercial trackers. AdNauseam is a means also to express our discontent with the flagrant disregard for privacy that facilitates bulk surveillance agendas.