Julia Janssen

“I agree with the terms,” “Click here to continue.” A click on “accept” comes in many variations – and we thoughtlessly click. But what do we permit?

Julia Janssen researches the impact of digitalization on our society – mainly focussed on data ownership. She takes her audience on a journey behind the surface of the Internet. The online universe has a lot to offer. But what price do we pay for access? Because also in cyberspace counts: nothing is for free. When it seems to be free, then you are their product.

As a designer and artist, she develops innovative yet accessible perspectives on the complex world of information technology. She creates interaction with the audience, and her work offers room for interpretation. Janssen makes people – from ordinary citizens to politicians – think about the function of privacy, the value of data, the importance of digital sovereignty, and the future of online identity.

0.0146 seconds

Just a fraction of a second it takes to click ‘agree’ to privacy regulation. In 0.0146 seconds, you blindly sign a contract about collecting and using your data. More often than the exception, this click does not permit just one, but hundreds of privacy policies.

The book One Click is a collection of 835 privacy policies that you accept with just one-click on ‘got it’ at dailymail.co.uk. The book symbolizes the fragile position of the Internet user and emphasizes the lack of control over personal data.

It will take hundreds of hours to read all these conditions. An absurt difference to the 0.0146 seconds in which a visitor thoughtlessly clicked to agree—an inhumane task for a single person. So let’s do it together.

In a pop-up radio studio, we take time to read and record privacy policies. 0.0146 seconds is a collective read out loud performance in which everybody can participate – An act against the exploitation mechanics of the data economy for the sake of control and ownership of data.