While I've found Nissenbaum's work useful and interesting, I've always been bothered by the lack of politics in her arguments... This review of a recent book she co-authored cuts deep, to question her approach by taking the role of the state seriously:

@ashwin excited to read this review. I've been enjoying Obfuscation.

@ben I've only read Privacy in Context, but I'd be curious to know what you think of Obfuscation in light of this review. And now I feel obliged to read Obfuscation myself!

@ashwin it's short and a quick read—half case study, half underpinning. I haven't looked at it in about 6 months, so after a quick reread I'll share my thoughts :)

@ashwin I think I've typically been more concerned about the technical counter-argument -- why is obfuscation more effective than minimization?

But that itself might be political: one problem with the obfuscation approach is that it's typically harder for the surveillance subject to evaluate its efficacy. Partly for that reason, randomization of variables is typically not pursued in mitigating browser fingerprinting. Technical difficulties aside, what I found most useful/disturbing in that review was the explicit focus on politics and militarism in the state's use of obfuscation for purposes of justifying mass surveillance

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