© Mark Farid
Invisible Voice is an artist-led project to develop a free browser plugin that empowers individuals to make informed decisions about the websites and companies that they use. A small button in the browser, that when clicked, will open a pop-up, including: the owners, the parent company, any sister and affiliated companies, political leanings, revenue, assets, income, number of employees, inclusivity and diversity statistics, environmental practise, cheap labour, and much more information on the company’ practice.
The project will build upon the prototype developed with the support of STARTS in MOTION (March – September 2021) and GuestRoomMaribor (December 2020), with the goal of developing, testing, iterating, and launching a non-intrusive browser plugin. A prototype of the Invisible Voice plugin can be downloaded on Firefox here.
Mark Farid is an Artist and Lecturer in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Farid specialises in the intersection of the virtual and physical world, and the effect new technologies have on the individual and their sense of self. Farid’s work embodies hacker ethics, such as a focus on privacy policies, use of surveillance technologies, and campaigning for data privacy and protection. His work forms a critique of social, legal, and political models.
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