Some people can’t get past the idea that their smartphone is listening to them. It’s not a crazy idea, when you stop to think about it. We are all getting served ads for things we never searched for online, and it’s hard to understand why.
The creepy reality is our smartphones don’t need to eavesdrop on us for companies to gives us targeted — and oftentimes invasive — ads. The crazy amount of personal data that we willfully hand over every day to social media companies and marketers is more than enough for them to know a ton about us.
Yet that creepy feeling that our smartphones listen to us is hard to shake. Mozilla wants to dig into this phenomenon, and we want to hear from you.
The New Organs Project
Mozilla is fortunate to be working with an incredible multimedia artist, Tega Brain, on a video series called New Organs that will feature real people who can’t get over the idea that the internet is listening in.
For this project, Tega will document and record selected stories as told by people like you. Then Tega will attempt to reveal the mechanisms and marketing strategies that let companies “follow” or “listen in on” their online customers. You’ll get to see both sides of the story: from those who fear they’re being surveilled; and from those who use surveillance techniques to sell goods – and plant ideas.
Want to be part of the project? Submit your story today. We’ll read it and if your story is a fit, we’ll be in touch. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.