Current thoughts and reflections re: DC
DC as ambiguous art project/ Plausible Deniability tool:
From the comments section of Ars Technica I came across a great term: ‘Plausible Deniability’. This legal term is a get-out-of-jail card for harbouring illicit things that have enough ambiguity or have been hidden within something else in such a way that in court you could make a very plausible claim that you had no idea you possessed anything illegal. DC and forthcoming projects could be designed to have a high ‘Plausible Deniability’ factor, that the encryption always results in aesthetically interesting transformations, and that the project is presented at art events and given art status, not necessarily to help the artist gain artistic merit, but to increase the validity in claiming that such DC corrupted artefacts were collected as art, or even better, that the piece of software itself is legally considered a tool that generates art, franchising the artistic immunity provided to artists to others that use such a tool.
DC as Political tool:
How I intend Disarming Corruptor (and follow-up projects) to work on a political scale is to make government excuses for surveillance and censorship redundant. Mass surveillance projects are justified by the few cases in which such online networks are used for terrorist activity or other worldly distressing uses, i.e. ‘we need to look at ALL EMAILS because some terrorists may use email.’ From a technical point of view this is clearly a waste of time, a terrorist must know how to bypass big brother in most cases, or bury themselves into a deeper, darker web. Perhaps these special cases are simply a cover story for, um, mass surveillance. So to make the huge surveillance projects clearly inefficient and worth cancelling we need to make tools that controversially seem to aid our semi-fictional enemies of the state into not getting caught. So the next time a politician announces a new law or plan to censor this, or monitor that, in regards to 3D printing we could at least say ‘duh, haven’t you heard of disarming corruptor?’