Ghostwriter - Websearch Surveillance Jammer
Ghostwriter is a browser-application that can be used to spam a selection of search engines with fake web searches.
The search engines are being monitored by marketing companies
that collect data about search trends for commercial exploitation -
such as phony websites incorporating popular keywords into their content as a way of hijacking hits.
Ghostwriter is a reaction against the misuse and commodification of
It can be used to infiltrate marketing-surveillance data by running repetitive fake
web searches that fools the surveillance software into believing that a sudden trend is taken place.
Commissoned by Knabstrup Kulturfabrik for the exhibition Changing Territories, 2004.
(not fully functional anymore)
Being short of inspiration, I typed in my own name
and ran Ghostwriter for a few hours. A few weeks later, my name started appearing on strange websites, thereby exposing the spies.
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