Project Cuckoo looks at our interactions with intercepted social networks and how alternative ways of communicating might change them.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir is an Islandic poetician/politician and activist spokesperson for various groups, such as WikiLeaks. In January 2011 Jónsdóttir announced that she had been notified by Twitter that it had been served by the United States Deparment of Justice with a subpoena demanding information „about all my tweets and more since November 1st 2009.”-
Heavy data collection, surveillance and control became normal and more important, increasingly legal on most internet communication platforms.
What if we used social networks but hiding our actual information? What if we could use their infrastructure without divulging privacy?-
„I fundamentally belive that disinformation becomes so easy to generate, because complexity overwhelmes knowledge, that it's in people's interest, if you will, over the next decade, to build disinformation-generating systems” -Eric Schmidt-.
Therefore Cuckoo encrypts messages into randomly generated words, meanings and noise in order to scatter them over multiple communication networks simultaneously. Each letter of an original message gets translated into complex forms of certain length forming new sentences. Those sentences get posted to aforementioned social networks, next to randomly generated noise-sentences for distraction. The encryption method can be changed with every new message. Any receiving Cuckoo-unit following the respective social network accounts can filter and decrypt the important posts according to their encryption method and time stamp. Cuckoo combines social networks to build a hidden one on top of their infrastructure. An egg in the others' nests.