We are delighted to present the launch of AdNauseam at #DL14. AdNauseam is another tool in the series of resistance to data capture and digital labor through obfuscation. AdNauseum creators, Daniel Howe, Helen Nissenbaum, and Mushon Zer-Aviv will demo AdNauseum, explain design choices, and address political challenges.
AdNauseam is a browser extension designed to obfuscate browsing data and protect users from surveillance and tracking by advertising networks. With the help of AdBlock Plus it hides users’ interests in a plain sight by automatically clicking all ads presented on the web pages we visit. By assembling and listing the images of all these ads, its interface reveals to users how we are perceived by our commercial trackers. AdNauseam is a means also to express our discontent with the flagrant disregard for privacy that facilitates bulk surveillance agendas.