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[liberationtech] Poisoned Fruit: Booby-Trapped "Privacy Guides" as State-Sponsored Propaganda - A Case Study of Obfuscation

Nathalie Maréchal marechal at usc.edu
Tue Nov 28 07:55:51 PST 2017


Very interesting indeed.

I wonder if the author is pseudonymous? A cursory internet search shows
that "Rashid al-Din Sinan" is the name of a historical figure from the
12th century, "a leader of the Syrian branch of the Nizari Ismaili
state (the Assassins or Al-Hashshashin), and a figure in the history of
the Crusades." He died in Masyaf, Syria, which is where the author of
the book review claims to be from. The author's institutional
affiliation, "Al-Hashshashin" also appears to be a reference to the same
historical figure.


On 11/28/17 7:35 AM, Lilian Myers wrote:
> Might be of interest to the list:
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__computationalculture.net_poisoned-2Dfruit-2Dbooby-2Dtrapped-2Dprivacy-2Dguides-2Das-2Dstate-2Dsponsored-2Dpropaganda-2Da-2Dcase-2Dstudy-2Dof-2Dobfuscation_&d=DwICAg&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=h7KeVKL7ZUFT7MiH6BwFag&m=iB_90DOce-19OMAU9lRudpNypkfZfRqF0cz_l63EtYM&s=ZMri3SVXYtIwB_Lx81-i38-6tSdLULAgIdXdg04JYk4&e=
>
> A review of Brunton and Nissenbaum's Obfuscation text pointing out
> potential funding bias and making the claim that the book actually
> supports mass surveillance and provides 'crippled' privacy guidelines.

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Nathalie Maréchal
Doctoral Candidate & Oakley Endowed Fellow 
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
University of Southern California
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