Also, by paying them 10 Euro to search for your phone number, you've already self-identified as a sucker, so the unscrupulous people running this site will I'm sure be happy to take advantage of that.
AOS, Art is Open Source, is an international informal network exploring the mutation of human beings with the wide and ubiquitous accessibility and availability of digital technologies and networks.
We move across arts and sciences, using technology, communication, performance, art and design, to instantiate emotional actions and processes that are able to expose the dynamics of our contemporary world.
We do this in academic, artistic, business and activist domains and, actually, we are focused on moving fluidly among each of these spaces.
Hell I would be surprised if there is even a database.
I think they built a polished site around a theoretical concept in order to provoke an emotional response.
It would appear that they have succeeded.
Of course, this is simply my interpretation.
If they really are trying to build a business around distributed extortion, this is not a sustainable MVP.
Don't worry, I'm probably just provoking a response from you, but to be sure, you can send me $1,000 and I promise I won't murder you, if I was going to.
i can't be sure you're not serious
"Art is Open Source, is an international informal network exploring the mutation of human beings with the wide and ubiquitous accessibility and availability of digital technologies and networks."
What the chuff has this to do with Open Source? This trashy commercial nonsense weakens the branding.
Why is Google free? Because you are only the user, not the customer. The customers are the advertisers who pay Google to show you targeted ads. Of course, Google has to please both its users and its customers, or else it won't have enough of the former to satisfy the latter. Same for social networks, media sites, and pretty much everybody else who publishes free content or offers free services that cost money to produce. That's how the internet is paid for.
I get the impression AOS is less than pleased with that arrangement. Clearly, it frustrate them that so many users are pleased with how the internet has evolved to work. They're hoping their outrageous offer will wake up, er, raise the consciousnesses of those users. "Users of the world, unite: you have nothing to gain but your privacy!" Or something like that.
If it's art, it is performance art, where the performance consists solely of the business proposition.
Hypothetical question, by the way.
They're just being assholes, not ironic or artful.
And the point there is you're an idiot if you buy a membership to be listed because nobody else is buying it. Except here you'd only pay to be removed if you thoughts thousands of people were buying the "paintings."
Heres a working one:
: At the time of writing.
Despite what all of those reputation management services promise you, I don't think that you can remove stuff from online like this. Between normal social networks where people post private information unaware of what they are doing, things like http://www.dirtyphonebook.com that are designed to destroy privacy, and Google caching everything and making it permanently available for anybody in search, you really have to be smart about what you put online before you put it online. Personally I'd recommend giving up on social networks altogether and just using throwaway accounts and pseudonames, but thats just my personal thing.
That, or nobody will run for office anyway, just purchase it.
There is actually a short sci-fi story about a future where homosexual relationships are the norm and people are grown artificially. I can't remember the title or author and apart from the premise, there wasn't anything interesting in it.
Of course, people were idiots to post their phone number in a porn site in the first place. Like the "Oh, ok, they need my CC number but only for checking I'm not a minor"
"After all, just like they say at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram and all the other social networks whenever they sell your profile hundreds of times each day: It's only business!"
How would they proof that the original comment wasn't libel? I doubt the have cross refrenced commenters IP addresses with the numbers listed. And if you relay libel (especially with malicious intent) it is still libel or maybe even blackmail.
And if I recall correctly, they might even be required to prove that they have opt-in permission from the actual users for storing&processing their personal info (phone numbers) even if they obtain it from a third party such as other websites; they obviously don't have this so they can face fines for improper treatment of personal data.
Aside from that, I don't understand what there is to be upset about. First off, who cares if someone has your number on their physical wall? If you posted your phone number to a public site, it will receive a lot more exposure there than hanging on some persons wall. Also, they claim to only produce one piece of art per comment so really they are only adding one more venue for viewing the number to an infinite amount of exposure via the web. And most likely, the people that the phone number is being publicly displayed to on porn sites are the people you wouldn't want to have your number. So how about... if you don't want people to have free access to your number in connection with some dirty thing you said online, don't post your flipping number on a porn site with your dirty comment, you silly goose!
With regard to this being extortion, the "erase a number from our database for 1000€" thing is a joke, whether intentional or not. The certificate of Unicity (the hell?) stipulates that they will sell a painting of your number only once. So if somebody ever buys a painting with the number: they just erased your number from the database. And if I plug the number of comments in their database, the number of people willing to buy one of these painting, and the number of places you and all of your aquaintences go that might publicly display the art in to my handy probability calculator, the odds that you or anyone you know would ever see the painting containing your phone number are 25 jagillion to 1. Not to mention that if you live in the US or anywhere outside of Italy really, the cost of shipping a 70x100cm canvas would be prohibitively expensive for many. So the only people being extorted are going to be the extremely gullible.
Anyway, it's time to get off the computer and party like an Irishman. Happy St. Patrick's Day.
I just hope that that's what this is about and not just a get-rich-quick scheme. That would be just sad...
No return link, no anything. No instructions on the site how to continue.
So, for anyone else wondering, that's what happens when you search.
The only thing that was communicated during this process was a loud, unsurprised sigh when nothing came to fruition, as many had predicted.
Remember folks, There is no better way to over power a trickle of doubt than a flood of naked truth.
I hope that whomever just scammed you out of ten euros gets swift, repeated hits to the knees by baseball bats.
a note: this idea of buying paintings of porn comments actually seems pretty good(despite the phone numbers part), I mean, it makes a good gag gift... I know plenty of people who would gift this type of thing and some that would actually put it on their walls, given it's not absolutely gross...
- what the hell is this on your wall?
- internet comments art.
- :¬| ... :¬o cool