Art & Surveillance /// Benjamin Grosser – Scaremail (2013)

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De Amerikaanse kunstenaar Benjamin Grosser ontwikkelde de browser extension Scaremail (2013).
“ScareMail is a web browser extension that makes email “scary” in order to disrupt NSA surveillance. Extending Google’s Gmail, the work adds to every new email’s signature an algorithmically generated narrative containing a collection of probable NSA search terms. This “story” acts as a trap for NSA programs like PRISM and XKeyscore, forcing them to look at nonsense. Each email’s story is unique in an attempt to avoid automated filtering by NSA search systems.”