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15th December, 2021

Feminist critique to digital consent

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15th December, 2021
13:00 - 14:00

This talk presents a feminist critique to digital consent and argues that the current online ecosystem is flawed.

The online surveillance adtech industry that funds the web had to use a mechanism that commodifies people, rendering their behaviors into data – products that can be sold and traded for the highest bidder.

This was made possible by objectifying, dehumanizing, and decontextualizing human engagement and identity into measurable and quantifiable data units.

Using four key feminist approaches – process, embodiment, network and context – this talk shows the way digital consent is a mechanism that transfers responsibility to people and enables an exploitative-extractivist market to exist.

The design of digital consent creates a specific interface that teaches people to behave in ways that preserve the asymmetric power relations.

Consequently, the talk shows the broader educational effects of digital consent which conceives people as products with narrow agency and understanding of what they can do, think and imagine.

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