Is it possible to keep the Internet from realizing that you’re pregnant? That’s the question Princeton sociology professor Janet Vertesi set out to answer in 2013 when she discovered that she was expecting. Her nine-month experiment required her to think like a criminal about how she could go about leaving no trace of her bundle of joy in any of her email activity. She had to call family and friends and tell them not to talk about the pregnancy on Facebook. She and her husband bought baby products — like prenatal vitamins — in person in cash. When she did buy things online, she used Tor to mask her IP address and conceal her identity while browsing, bought items with gift cards from Rite Aid, and had them shipped to an Amazon locker so her home address wouldn’t be associated with the orders.
AJ+ is proud to announce its partnership with Do Not Track, a personalized documentary series about privacy and the web economy. Starting April 14, the online, interactive documentary series Do Not Track will demonstrate just how much the web knows about you―and the results may astonish you.
Most people who are setting up a social media account or downloading a new app hit the “Agree” button for the terms of service agreement without even reading it. They have a vague idea that they’re selling off parts of themselves. The illuminating Web documentary “Do Not Track” will give them a clear of idea of just how much they’re giving away — and to whom.
“Do Not Track” is an international effort, produced by the French production company Upian, the National Film Board of Canada, the French/German public broadcaster Arte and German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.
“Have you ever wondered how Google tracks where you are? How about what those terms and conditions mean when you access free Wi-Fi?
As scary as it sounds, your smartphone’s apps share a lot of the private information on your device with marketing agencies, phone operators and other private companies. But where does all that data go? And what happens to it?
AJ+ and the interactive documentary series “Do Not Track” investigate.
We all know Big Brother is watching. Yet the thought that we may be “too boring to be spied on” or that we “have nothing to hide” dissuades us from securing our personal data.
As part of an AJ+ collaboration with Brett Gaylor’s documentary, Do Not Track, we hope to change the way you might think about personal data security.
Mr Gaylor’s seven-part online documentary, called Do Not Track, is clever about how it presents this story too. It puts you at the centre of the action by asking you to share information about your favourite websites so you can see how they spread information about you around the web.
Having just finished the third episode of the personalised interactive documentary series ‘Do Not Track‘, i’m left thinking: How can something as innocuous as a Facebook ‘Like’ be responsible for building such an in-depth profile of my personality?
Is it possible to traverse the internet without being tracked?
Savvy users of the internet are aware, on some level, of the fact that our data is up for grabs all the time. We give away data intentionally — signing up with our name and email to use any number of sites, revealing our personalities and tastes with every tweet and Facebook post, storing our credit card information on Amazon — all the time. But we also give away data without ever really consenting: to third parties that track users across the internet, from one website to the next, compiling a remarkably in-depth profile of you based on your every online move. It feels like we have free email, free Facebook, free Twitter, free Instagram, free everything. But really, it’ll cost you.