Privacy is fundamentally about autonomy. Bureau de Crise aims to cultivate a sense of autonomy based on aspirations for both individual and collective freedom and acts collectively on self-empowerment.
One of the lessons the Cambridge Analytica scandal has highlighted is that "surveillance is the business model of the internet", as the security expert Bruce Schneier said. The scholar Shoshana Zuboff puts it even further, naming surveillance capitalism as "global means of behavioural modification for business and/or political purposes". Data-mining, profiling systems and neuro-marketing are, among others, the very opaque and secret operations powered by our daily digital data, that we provide freely from our first click. We are tracked and spied; Internet companies know who we are and extract priceless information. Surveillance capitalism operative systems constitute a direct assault on human rights (privacy), as well as on the notion of individual sovereignty. Democracies, as well as our freedom and our psychological balance, are at stake. As counter-intuitive it may seem in the Facebook, Instagram or Twitter era, privacy should be considered as far from an outdated concept. Data is power.
Surveillance capitalism operative systems constitute a direct assault on human rights (privacy), human autonomy and on our decision rights, as well as on the notion of individual sovereignty. 'Chilling effects’ (i.e. behavioral changes), induced by strong social norms that lead to self-policing and self-censorship, have a direct impact on both our subjectivities and on our democracies. We are claiming for the right of human invisibility and are collaborating in the art and science of hiding. Thus, Bureau de Crise aims to contribute to the creation of a culture of digital privacy, in hacking the current general lack of knowledge as well as the actual dominant ‘inevitabilist’ propaganda.
Our artistic practice aims to empower peoples knowledge in protecting its data from the dark mechanisms of data/behaviour commodification. We feel the need to invent new kinds of cultural institutions, shaped by critical communities working on strategies of resistance against these architectures of oppression and techniques of cognitive and psychological captures secretly designed to alienate and make profits on remote-controlled and psycho-civilized populations.
Privacy is fundamentally about autonomy. Bureau de Crise aims to cultivate a sense of autonomy based on aspirations for both individual and collective freedom and acts collectively on self-empowerment. We intend to contribute to a moral centre of critical thinking and autonomous actions. Since privacy and security is now mostly a luxury privilege for the more educated elite, we want to make privacy accessible and visible for everyone, to end the vast asymmetries of knowledge institutionalized by the private surveillance capital.
Finally, we aim to address the needs for a new set of regulations, legal safeguards and ethical limits that are meant to interrupt these specific mechanisms and to limit data collection and misuse.