Swiss National Science Foundation
Start and End Date
09/01/2018 to 02/29/2020
Computer Vulnerability + Anthropology
This exploratory project aims to pave the way toward an anthropology of computer (in)security. Computer security is compromised when a vulnerability is exploitable and allows unauthorized access to digital devices or networks. Currently, such computer vulnerabilities represent a considerable threat to the security of contemporary societies and bear tremendous consequences to political processes, the economy and impact social norms and practices. This "digital lives" project aims to account for the socio-cultural dynamics, ethical dimensions and (in)securitziation processes embedded into three interconnected issues: the practices of vulnerability disclosure, operational security and advocacy related to digital rights and governance.
Platform for Experimental, Collaborative Ethnography