TREVOR PAGLEN & JACOB APPELBAUM/METRO PICTURES/ALTMAN SIEGEL
AUTHOR: ANDY GREENSBURG WIRED 4/1/2016
THE ARTIST USING MUSEUMS TO AMPLIFY TOR’S ANONYMITY NETWORK
"FOR THE PAST few years, Trevor Paglen has been at the vanguard of a movement of fine artists who have led gallery-goers to grapple with the realities of online privacy and government spying. Now he’s gone beyond using museums to merely observe and study surveillance—he’s enlisting those same institutions to fight it."
"Since 2014, Paglen has exhibited a sculpture he and his collaborator Jacob Appelbaum call the Autonomy Cube, a minimalist 1.25-foot block of almost invisibly translucent, 1.5-inch-thick acrylic that houses a custom-made Wi-Fi router. When any gallery visitor connects to that router, it redirects their data over the encrypted and anonymized Tor network. But it also simultaneously serves as a Tor relay—one of the thousands of volunteer computers that bounce the traffic of Tor users through layers of encrypted proxies to make the software’s anonymizing properties possible."
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