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Ways to Be Secret

Ways to be Secret

Display: 20th Century, Room 76, Level 3 (map)

1 April – 30 September

In June 2013, former US intelligence agency worker Edward Snowden leaked documents that disclosed the extent of digital surveillance by government in the US and beyond. This event significantly heightened public concern about how our data is used by government to track us, and mined by business for commercial gain.

The computers and mobile phones we use, the gadgets we wear, the websites we browse and the apps we download are all designed to gather information. This can tell those who aggregate it a great deal about where we’ve been, what we’ve spent money on, our preferences, opinions and our personal lives.
The devices in this display force us to question who owns our personal data and what right we have to privacy. Ways to be Secret brings together objects that offer control over our digital lives, with others that remind us that our desire for privacy is at odds with our appetite to share our lives online.

Curated by Corinna Gardner, curator of contemporary product design

 

Press: 

 

Destroyed MacBook Air casing and components, the Guardian /V&A

Destroyed MacBook Air casing and components. Guardian /V&A

 

Onion Pi, Adafruit Industries, 2013. Courtesy Adafruit

Onion Pi, Adafruit Industries, 2013. Courtesy Adafruit

Metahaven, WikiLeaks scarf, 2011. Photo: Meinke Klein.

Metahaven, WikiLeaks scarf, 2011. Photo: Meinke Klein.

Cryptophone 500, GSMK, 2014. Courtesy GSMK Gesellschaft für Sichere Mobile Kommunikation mbH

Cryptophone 500, GSMK, 2014. Courtesy GSMK Gesellschaft für Sichere Mobile Kommunikation mbH

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