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Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest

Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262029735
eISBN:
9780262331319
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029735.001.0001
Subject:
Information Science, Information Science

This is a book about obfuscation: the production of noise modeled on an existing signal in order to make a collection of data more ambiguous, confusing, harder to exploit, more difficult to act on, ... More


Open‐Ended Mutual Funds: Misframing, “Hot Hands,” and Obfuscation Games

Hersh Shefrin

in Beyond Greed and Fear: Understanding Behavioral Finance and the Psychology of Investing

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195161212
eISBN:
9780199832996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195161211.003.0012
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Financial Economics

Misframing and heuristic‐driven bias combine to confuse investors about the relative contributions of skill and luck in fund performance. Investors invariably attribute excessive weight to skill, and ... More


Legal Control in Roman Egypt

Benjamin Kelly

in Petitions, Litigation, and Social Control in Roman Egypt

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199599615
eISBN:
9780191731525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599615.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter argues that the structural features and ideological context of the legal system of Roman Egypt made it unlikely that many petitions would have ended in firm judgments which were then ... More


Sampling-Based Reasoning II: Obfuscation

Spiegler Ran

in Bounded Rationality and Industrial Organization

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195398717
eISBN:
9780199896790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398717.003.0007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Behavioural Economics

This chapter extends the analysis of competitive markets when consumers employ sampling-based reasoning to situations in which firms can use obfuscation strategies to create price complexity. It is ... More


Core Cases

Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum

in Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262029735
eISBN:
9780262331319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029735.003.0002
Subject:
Information Science, Information Science

The authors provide thirteen “core cases” of obfuscation in practice. These cases clarify what obfuscation does in particular scenarios across a variety of technologies and social, legal, and ... More


Other Examples

Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum

in Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262029735
eISBN:
9780262331319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029735.003.0003
Subject:
Information Science, Information Science

The authors provide an additional eighteen examples of obfuscation. By contrast with the core cases of I.1, these examples are broader and more varied in their application, including speculative ... More


Why Is Obfuscation Necessary?

Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum

in Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262029735
eISBN:
9780262331319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029735.003.0004
Subject:
Information Science, Information Science

This chapter concisely defines obfuscation in terms of data, and information and power asymmetries. What can those whose data is being collected know and do about how data about them is captured, ... More


Is Obfuscation Justified?

Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum

in Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262029735
eISBN:
9780262331319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029735.003.0005
Subject:
Information Science, Information Science

This chapter takes up moral and ethical arguments for and against obfuscation. Is obfuscation a form of lying, a waste of resources or a kind of pollution, an act of free riding on the willingness of ... More


Will Obfuscation Work?

Finn Brunton and Helen Nissenbaum

in Obfuscation: A User's Guide for Privacy and Protest

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262029735
eISBN:
9780262331319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029735.003.0006
Subject:
Information Science, Information Science

This chapter takes up the question of how obfuscation strategies should be designed, measured, assessed, and improved. To answer, it describes different approaches to obfuscation in terms of threats ... More


America Looks Up: Sentimentality, Politics, and American Evangelicalism

Todd M. Brenneman

in Homespun Gospel: The Triumph of Sentimentality in Contemporary American Evangelicalism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199988983
eISBN:
9780199370009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199988983.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

With the rise of a contemporary evangelical presence in politics, evangelicals have turned to emotion to shape that presence. Sentimentality, particularly, has provided the authority to be involved ... More


American Exceptionalism Revisited

Joshua T. McCabe

in The Fiscalization of Social Policy: How Taxpayers Trumped Children in the Fight Against Child Poverty

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190841300
eISBN:
9780190841331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190841300.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Politics, Social Movements and Social Change, Population and Demography

Chapter 1 challenges the conventional wisdom on American exceptionalism in regard to tax and social policy. After setting up the puzzle and outlining why previous theories cannot explain them, it ... More


Sappho: Transparency and Obstruction

Thea S. Thorsen

in Roman Receptions of Sappho

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780198829430
eISBN:
9780191867958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829430.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, European History: BCE to 500CE

A number of issues obstruct our vision of Sappho and her ancient reception. This chapter revisits such obstructions as the loss of Sappho’s poetry, the difficulty of accessing information regarding ... More


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