Digital Labor

How Interfaces Demand Obedience

Fri, November 14
05:15 PM - 06:00 PM
Room 1618 79 5th Ave, 16th Floor


Lecture

How Interfaces Demand Obedience
The internet, once associated with openness and decentralization, is increasingly understood in terms of the control exerted by government agencies (like the NSA) and advertising (targeted ads). What is less commonly discussed is how this subliminal control is embedded in interface design. In this talk I argue that web interfaces demand our silent obedience with every page load and I try to offer tactics and strategies for challenging the politics of the interface. This talk ties in with the Saturday launch of AdNauseam, the browser extension that clicks on all the ads and the digital labor intervention hackathon that will take place on Sunday morning.