Artist causes outrage with public broadcast of Grindr PMs
This is about ethics of public exposure again. It's not even the Grindr/queer angle of this story: any of our private conversations being projected on a huge public wall like this would make us feel exposed. Context integrity is an ethical matter. Privacy is about choice and consent, about the power to chose wether to hide something or not. This artist's stunt is about dragging something out of its context without consent. This artist (lets not repeat his name, no need to add to his fame) doesn't seem to get any of this when he compares Grindr to a closet and says what he does is critical art. Many people in minority cultures need safe spaces in which they can take a breath from the omnipresent overwhelming heteronormative white mainstream. It's not about hiding something, it's about finding community, it's about not feeling different for a while.
Grindr and privacy issues sure deserve criticism but what this guy does is just one big ego show. Like people outing people against their will because they think it's better for them. It's one more story that should teach us that privacy discourses should at least become just as much about consent, choice and context integrity as about security.
Sometimes the security community's collective dream of the one watertight safe encryption that will save us all and its rejection of anything that is even slightly flawed is inherently not that different from Western governments' armament with security measures against terrorists. Both ignore social and ethical implications.
This is where my thoughts about this artist's stunt berth at what @cshirky wrote about FireChat: "the main issue is that the broader security community still thinks secrecy is the main issue".
Further reading: Here's a link to the statement of the guy that this artist exposed. And here's a link to a good statement by Ashkan Sepahvand (curator, haus der kulturen, berlin).