Keynote #1: An artist’s point of view with Paolo Cirio

Thursday September 29th, 11:30 CET

Conceptual artist, hacktivist and cultural critic, Paolo Cirio engages with the legal, economic, and cultural systems of the information society. In our opening keynote he investigates social fields impacted by the Internet, such as privacy, democracy, semiology, finance through photos, installations, videos, and public art.

Paolo Cirio is known for having exposed over 200,000 Cayman Islands offshore firms with the work “Loophole for All” in 2013; the hacking of Facebook through publishing 1 million users on a dating website with “Face to Facebook” in 2011; the theft of 60,000 financial news articles with “Daily Paywall” in 2014 and of e-books from with “Amazon Noir” in 2006; defrauding Google with GWEI in 2005; and the obfuscation of 15 million U.S. criminal records with “Obscurity” in 2016; exposing over 20,000 patents of technology enabling social manipulation in 2018 with “Sociality” . Recently, in 2020, he pirated over 100,000 Sotheby’s auction records in “Derivatives” and he attempted to profile 4000 French police officers with facial recognition in “Capture”.

His early works include his cyber attacks against NATO and reporting on its military operations since 2001.


The event is free to attend provide you RSVP. To do that, please use the form below. You can find more info about the different panels on the main conference page.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 822682.