obfuscation tools

The following obfuscation tools will be discussed in two workshop sessions:

Vortex

by Rachel Law
vortexpromo1Vortex is a data management game that allows players to swap cookies, change IP addresses and disguise their locations. Through play, individuals experience how their browser changes in real time when different cookies are equipped. Vortex is a proof of concept that illustrates how network collisions in gameplay expose contours of a network determined by consumer behavior.
Due to high security precautions Vortex will only be available on site at the symposium. You can however watch a video and read more about Vortex.

Ad Nauseam

by Daniel Howe and Helen Nissenbaum
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Ad Nauseam Ad Nauseam blends software tool and ‘artware’ intervention in a browser extension designed to protect users from surveillance and tracking by advertising networks. Ad Nauseam works similarly to an ‘Ad Blocker’, but in addition to hiding advertisements, it simulates clicks on each identified ad (in a background thread), confusing trackers as to one’s real interests. Simultaneously, Ad Nauseam serves as a means of amplifying users’ discontent with advertising networks that disregard privacy and facilitate bulk surveillance agendas.

Anonymouth

by Rachel Greenstadt and her research team
anonymouthAnonymouth is a Java-based application that aims to give users to tools and knowledge needed to begin anonymizing documents they have written.

It does this by firing up JStylo libraries (an author detection application also develped by PSAL) to detect stylometric patterns and determine features (like word length, bigrams, trigrams, etc.) that the user should remove/add to help obscure their style and identity. [documentation] [working paper]

We added an [executable file] that you can run on your computer without needing to install Eclipse. You do still have to install Java7 on your computer to run anonymouth.

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