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#secrecymachine: Podcasts from The Politics and Practices of Secrecy Symposium

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Clare Birchall (Developer), Peter Woodbridge (Designer)

Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2015
Eventpolitics and practices of secrecy - King's College London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 May 201515 May 2015

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In contemporary liberal democracies there is a polarisation between ideals of transparency – borne out in open government legislation, freedom of information, and confessionary culture – and what we might call a secret sphere, an institutionalised commitment to covert security operations that exist beyond the public view.In the wake of the Snowden revelations about the surveillance capabilities of intelligence agencies around the globe, an interdisciplinary symposium at King’s College London in 2015 gathered experts to discuss the place and implications of secrecy for contemporary cultural politics. Speakers addressed what was politically, ethically, socially and ontologically at stake in cultures of secrecy at the individual, national and international level.Recordings from the event have been hidden across some of the darkest corners of the world wide web and will be revealed through a series of leaks and revelations.If you would like to participate in this experiment in opacity and secretion, visit and follow the instructions.#secrecymachine is a project by Clare Birchall & Pete Woodbridge.'The Politics and Practices of Secrecy' was a symposium organised by Clare Birchall & Matt Potolsky and funded by the Institute of North American Studies, King's College London.

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