Privacy Lost: Owning Our Data In Digital Culture
Jonathan Fudem

Whenever you text, read email or open Facebook, you must consider who else has access to your personal information. Often, the answer is quite alarming.

Online privacy and digital surveillance are front-page topics. However, the issues are typically presented in the context of legal battles, tracking policies or government whistle blowing, while concerns about personal privacy and data protection are underplayed or ignored. Amidst the confusion about ethics and encryption, a sense of immediacy is often lost, even when, as average web users, we are unwitting but participatory victims of data collection.

Privacy Lost: Owning Our Data in Digital Culture discusses privacy and security, employing "gamification" to cut through technical detail and legal obfuscation to focus on the human stories and values threatened by our routine surrender of data. It is comprised of two games, Private Affairs and LOVEINT, that place the player in the role of a greedy data mogul or an NSA Analyst and where individuals are asked to forfeit real life secrets. Each game underlines the constant and relentless assault against our personal privacy and security.

Privacy, the protection of personal and secret relationships and communications, is our intimate right. Privacy Lost moves beyond surface level conversations to critically engage with the challenging but essential topic — How much is your data worth?

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