Martin Nadal / Linz, Austria & Berlin, Germany — Jul 7, 2019
FANGo is a defense weapon against surveillance capitalism. Hidden under its appearance of mobile phone charger will be provided with a micro controller that takes control of the smartphone plugged in spoofing its geolocation, making random queries to google, amazon and other search engines, launching videos in YouTube in order to deceive data brokers in their data capture process. Think of it as a click farm of the size of a phone charger
Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google were grouped under the acronym FANG as the most important and high-performing companies of the NASDAQ and pioneers of what is known today as surveillance capitalism.
In a similar way as industrial capitalism through its mechanics turned nature or work into a commodity such as real estate or labor, surveillance capitalism turns experiences that occur in the private sphere of the human being into commodities that can be bought and sold.
The difference of this type of capitalism is substantial as it integrates the human experiences of private realm in the production processes without the individual being fully conscious.
This affects the economic sphere but also the independence of the human being, because with the logic of maximizing profits the companies will try to modify the user’s behaviour without the user being able to do much to defend himself.
The aim of the project is to disrupt this mechanics, adding noise to the captured data, making it difficult to transform the captured
user data into predictions, thus devaluing the value of the extracted data.
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