"If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear."

Privacy is a question that concerns everyone. No person today
can avoid every form of control. (...) But still many people seem
not to worry. (...) There is nevertheless reason for concern, as
the thesis of Hanneke Wetzer makes obvious. In a clear,
persuasive, well-written but also disturbing story she
emphasizes that questions of privacy have seeped into the very
skin of the human body. She demonstrates this, not only through
words, but also through images, which are both captivating and
revolting at the same time. Based on an analysis of the work
from several artists who use privacy as a theme, she reveals the
dangers and the possible solutions.

The body's revolt

Art projects that focus on solutions appeal most to Hanneke
Wetzer. As an illustrator she dedicates herself to this. Rather
than using technology to combat our technologically oriented
society she puts the focus on the body.

An important paradox can be found in the current modern
questions surrounding privacy and security. Technology is
making control more and more possible in our society.
Increasing amounts of and more detailed information are raising
the degree to which people's behavior is monitored. Nowhere is
this clearer than the invasive use of technology on the human
body. Rejecting this nanotech assault, the body develops
defenses through disguises, cheats, games and camouflage.
Technology wants to control the body but is met with resistance
in the form of creative rituals and trickery.

(summary translated by Robert van Lieshout)


Summary of the review of the thesis "Privacy is verdacht" by Hanneke Wetzer, written by Dr. Huub Dijstelbloem (University of Amsterdam / Scientific Council for Government Policy)

Download the full dutch version
from the website of Privacy First.