When New York Media artist Kyle McDonald heard a knock on his door one morning last summer, the last thing he expected was the team of Secret Service agents confronting him on his doorstep. And yet, here they were, ready to raid his home and confiscate his computers and hard drives. It turned out that McDonald’s recent project “People Staring at Computers” had run afoul of Apple and the US Code Title 18 SS 1030. McDonald, whose many art projects explore how we interact with technology, had recently completed a project where he secretly installed an app on computers at a nearby Mac Store to record people as they stared into the computer screens at the store.
Read about McDonald’s project, experience with the Secret Service, and the reaction to his work on WIRED: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/07/people-staring-at-computers/. It’s a fascinating chronicle.
What do you think – is what McDonald doing art? Should we worry about the privacy issues? Leave your comments below.
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