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ObfuscationA User's Guide for Privacy and Protest$
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Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029735

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029735.001.0001

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Core Cases

Core Cases

(p.8) 1 Core Cases

Finn Brunton

Helen Nissenbaum

The MIT Press

The authors provide thirteen “core cases” of obfuscation in practice. These cases clarify what obfuscation does in particular scenarios across a variety of technologies and social, legal, and political contexts. While the cases are diverse -- including radar chaff, “false tells” in poker, and collective identity drawn from popular culture and historical applications -- the focus is on digital data and online activism illustrated through instances, such as concealing activity on social networks, protecting search queries, and providing aid to activists involved in the release of Nelson Mandela.

Keywords:   Obfuscation, Privacy, Social networks, Identity, Online activism

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