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Obscurity and the Right to Remove: A Conversation on the Freedom to be Forgotten

In an age of increased surveillance, ideas like “right to remove” and “obscurity” are increasingly critical to investigate, particularly in light of mass incarceration and equitable application of criminal justice. Artist Paolo Cirio’s work Obscurity, a performative hack, explores mass incarceration and information ethics while examining real-life criminal data and blurred mugshots to determine whether the record should be removed or not. The internet privacy policy “right to remove,” also designed by Cirio, advocates for the removal of personal information from search engines and advocates for the US to adopt “Right To Be Forgotten” laws as seen in Europe.

Join us for a conversation as we explore how data collection and tracking can adversely impact and marginalize the previously incarcerated with Paolo Cirio; Sarah Lageson, author of Digital Punishment and associate professor at Rutgers School of Criminal Justice; and Kevin Bey and Asia Johnson, Tracked & Traced exhibitors representing the Hamtramck Free School. Antajuan Scott, Head of Programming at MSU Museum’s Science Gallery, will moderate the discussion.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 6:30pm — Presented virtually and synchronously 

Registration is required for attendance.


This program is in conjunction with the MSU Science Gallery’s exhibit at the MSU Museum “Tracked & Traced”.

  • November 3, 2021
  • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm