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"Dark Side of the Prism" is a Firefox Add-on that provides a soundtrack for our surveilled internet meanderings.

The public recently learned that the US National Security Agency's on-going internet surveillance program, Prism, collects data from users of major websites. Many of us already know that any data we might share-- not just Facebook posts, but our search and click pathways and histories-- could be compromised, but we do so anyway. We have normalized this ubiquitous surveillance.

"Dark Side of the Prism" uses Pink Floyd's aural prism (Dark Side of the Moon) as a playlist to the NSA's tracking efforts, serving as an auditory reminder of how our online activities are surveilled. What hypochondriac questions do you Google in the middle of the night; who do you cyberstalk? Consider those missives the lyrical component to our soundtrack. 

Project Created: 
July 2013
 
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ShiftSpace

While the Internet's design is widely understood to be open and distributed, control over how users interact online has given us largely centralized and closed systems. The web is undergoing a transformation whose promise is user empowerment—but who controls the terms of this new read/write web? The web has followed the physical movement of the city's social center from the (public) town square to the (private) mall. ShiftSpace attempts to subvert this trend by providing a new public space on the web.

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Project Created: 
May 2006
 
People: Mushon Zer-Aviv, Justin Blinder, Joe Moore, Florica Vlad, Doron Ben-Avraham, David Nolen, Dan Phiffer, Clint Newsome, Avital Oliver
Research: Open Culture
Project Type: Activism, Hacking, Open Source, Software, Web
Tags: web, plugin, parasitic, javascript, hacking, firefox, design, code, activism
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