Brian Singer's Privacy Policy at stARTup SF 2019

For our 5th edition of stARTup San Francisco we’ve selected the theme sustainability: environmental, legal, and economic.  Sustainability means different things to our panelists, performers, non-profit partners, and sponsors. Last week five stARTup SF 2019 exhibiting artists shared what “sustainability” means to them, and what it brings to their art and artistic practice.

For Featured Artist Brian Singer this means sparking conversation and debate on the true costs of “free products,” and what we give up when we blindly agree to privacy policies we don’t read.

Privacy Policy  detail by  Brian Singer,   underwritten by    Mozilla   , makers of the Firefox browser and advocate for an open, accessible internet.

Privacy Policy detail by Brian Singer, underwritten by Mozilla, makers of the Firefox browser and advocate for an open, accessible internet.

Brian Singer, aka Someguy, is a San Francisco based fine artist whose projects have received international attention. His art ranges from intimate works with paper to large scale participatory projects.

At stARTup SF 2019 Brian is creating a 300 foot long installation titled Privacy Policy, wrapping around the entire courtyard banister of the Hotel Del Sol.

Privacy Policy sample letter

Privacy Policy sample letter

Its letters are made out of recycled tech company t-shirts, spelling out a cautionary message. The intent is not to demonize a specific company, but rather to illustrate the normalization of a system where every move we make is being tracked, and our data is sold to the highest bidder.

Brian will also be speaking on Sunday’s 3:30pm panel: Terms and Conditions: Internet Privacy for Artists and Everyone, presented by Mozilla and moderated by Alexander Reben, Director of Tech and Research, Stochastic Labs.

Defending people’s rights to safety, choice, control, and transparency have been baked into Mozilla’s mission since its inception — which is why they’ve sponsored Brian Singer’s installation at stARTup San Francisco. Individuals must have the ability to shape the internet and their own experiences on it, and individuals’ security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.

“At Mozilla, we believe that privacy is fundamental to a healthy internet.”

“At Mozilla, we believe that privacy is fundamental to a healthy internet.”

Please join Brian and fellow stARTup alumni Alexander Reben in conversation with Tim Murray, Creative Director for Mozilla, as they discuss technology and internet privacy in today’s ever-connected society.

For a complete listing of stARTup SF 2019’s Special Projects, Performances, and Art Conversations please visit our Programming page.

 

 

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Feature by Content Curator Mica England