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The Phishing Society: Why 'Facebook' is more Dangerous than the Government Spying on You - A Talk by Maria Xynou

by Maria Xynou last modified Sep 27, 2013 09:16 AM
Next Wednesday, you are all invited to listen to Maria Xynou's crazy - or not-so-crazy theory of the "Phishing Society", in which surveillance, control and oppression is not imposed in a traditional top-down manner, but rather a personal and collective "choice"...come and engage in a heated debate!

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Aug 07, 2013
from 06:15 PM to 07:15 PM


Centre for Internet and Society (CIS): No. 194, Second 'C' Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bangalore - 560071, Karnataka, India

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We have read and heard a lot of theories on the contemporary "Surveillance Society"...but how much of that is about surveillance per se? Are we being spied on a top-down manner...or are we enabling our own surveillance? Have the masses ever directly or indirectly "pursued" their own surveillance in the past...or are we witnessing a new phenomenon in history?

Most geeks would probably agree that the term "phishing" is used to describe the act of attempting to acquire sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, private encryption keys and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. In other words, "phishing" is commonly used to describe the acquisition of sensitive, personal data through the use of bait.

The aim of the talk on Wednesday is to discuss the possible existence of a "Phishing Society", through which the act of providing bait whether it being security, commodities, services or relationships is a common, contemporary practice on a social, political and economic level in the pursuit of the "Gold of the Digital Age": personal data. Through this discussion, the "Government spying vs. Corporate spying" debate will be looked at, in an attempt to understand why the dynamics of surveillance have changed over the last year.

Everyone with an open mind is welcome to attend this talk and to share all opinions, ideas and concerns!