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Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest

Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum


This is a book about obfuscation: the production of noise modeled on an existing signal in order to make a collection of data more ambiguous, confusing, harder to exploit, more difficult to act on, and therefore less valuable. It is a tool for defending and expanding digital privacy against data surveillance, and protesting the unjust collection or misuse of data. The authors provide strategies and an argument for evasion, noncompliance, refusal, even sabotage, particularly for average users not in a position to opt out or exert control over data about themselves. Obfuscation also has applicat ... More

Keywords: Obfuscation, Privacy, Surveillance, Networks, Data

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029735
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029735.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Finn Brunton, author

Helen Nissenbaum, author

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