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Dark Net 101: Online Privacy, Piracy, and Human Experimentation

  • Hungry Brain 2319 W Belmont Ave Chicago, IL, 60618 United States (map)

On Tuesday, November 11, 9:00 p.m. at the Hungry Brain (2319 W. Belmont) Homeroom presents “Dark Net 101,” a one-night art show about lives online. Topics include the Darknet (Deep Web), Big Data, social networking privacy, data snatching, chat rooms, and BDSM dating sites. Join Homeroom 101 hosts Fred Sasaki and Seth Vanek for art and conversation with mathematician Christina Cowen, digital strategist Nell Taylor, and writer Cassandra Troyan as they explore dark secrets of the internet.


Dark Net 101: Online Privacy, Piracy, and Human Experimentation

Tuesday, November 11, 9:00 p.m.

The Hungry Brain

2319 W. Belmont

21+ / $5 suggested donation

101 is an informal lecture and discussion series which takes place on occasional Tuesdays at the Hungry Brain in Roscoe Village. “Dark Net 101” is presented in coordination with Artifice Books, publisher of the newly released Kill Manual by Cassandra Troyan.


Christina Cowen found her passion for mathematics at age 9. She has worked as a statistician and marketing analyst for several major companies and is versed in multi-channel marketing and how modeling is used to promote and segment consumers to optimize marketing promotions. As a data scientist she uses Big Data both online and offline to help execute and analyze the success of marketing campaigns and to assist clients with developing strategies for delivering the right message at the right time for consumers.


Nell Taylor is the founder and executive director of Read/Write Library (an all-volunteer library in Humboldt Park that collects, preserves, mines, maps, and links Chicago's diverse historical media to enable primary sources to rewrite their city) and a digital strategy consultant (for clients ranging from ad agencies and Fortune 500 brands to Big Data startups). Across these worlds, she spends most of her time using data to make things easier to find online and struggling with the ethics of discoverability—access, efficiency, user experience, identity, vulnerability. She has presented at SXSW Interactive, TEDActive, MIT, UNC, Code4Lib, and the Chicago Colloquium for Digital Humanities and Computer Science. She is not an expert.

Cassandra Troyan is a writer, post-artist, college employee, editor, and activist. Troyan's work investigates the supposedly hidden structures of our desires by rendering visible the daily ways we make meaning in the world, and find ourselves in relation to others. She explores the terror of becoming female amidst the accelerated haze of contemporary popular culture, yet derives pleasure from the nascent negation produced through absurd juxtapositions of submission, surrender, romance, and horror. She is the author of Throne of Blood (Solar Luxuriance), Blacknen Me Blacken Me, Growled (Tiny Hardcore Press), and Kill Manual (Artifice Books). She has curated the reading and performance series Artificial Ear (formally Ear Eater) since 2010.


Artifice Books

Artifice is a literary publisher based in Chicago, Illinois. They are an imprint of the mighty Curbside Splendor Publishing. For information or questions, please email editors AT artificemag DOT com.

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