d.r.e.a.m. {Ben Valentine}

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d.r.e.a.m. {Ben Valentine}
Ben Valentine is an independent writer and curator studying how technology, media, and politics intersect around the world. Some recent articles include: “Cyberfeminists Go Deep on Big Data, Privacy, and Surveillance” (Hyperallergic, 2015), “Networked Culture and Surveillance” (Medium, 2013), and “The Pirate Party’s ‘Poetician’ Plans to Make Iceland a Data Haven” ( Motherboard, 2014). Valentine’s recent research and travel informs his conception of the “neoliberal gaze,” which he describes as: “a transnational means of looking that is invasive, self-serving, reductive, and restructures that which it scours to be more in line with the looker’s own image.”

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d.r.e.a.m. {Data Rules Everything Around Me}
Privacy has been pronounced dead; allegedly “free” services cost us troves of personal data; our governments know more about us than we do ourselves. No one actually “Agrees” to these “Conditions”, yet short of abandoning all modern conveniences, resistance seems futile. But fear not! There are loads of projects and people working on ways to take back our digital agency. Data Rules Everything Around Me (d.r.e.a.m.) is a roughly-monthly series devoted to openly discussing these topics. Featured writers, artists, developers and other cultural producers are invited to share their research and perspectives on the data that fuels the systems that run our world.

d.r.e.a.m is developed + moderated by Nick Briz && Jon Satrom
in Chicago, IL.


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