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 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.

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@npd 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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