Owen Mundy, an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida State University has built a site called I Know Where Your Cat Lives, based on data embedded in the cat photos we put online.
His data experiment visualises a sample of 1 million public cat pictures on a world map, placing them at various locations according to the latitude and longitude coordinates contained in their metadata.
Mundy found all of the photos on popular photo sharing websites, such as Flickr, Twitpic and Instagram, and then filtered through various clustering algorithms by a supercomputer at the University.
The point of Mundy’s experiment isn’t really about cats. The information we unknowingly put online, can identify the whereabouts of people too.
Mundy writes on his website that the project is about “the status quo of personal data usage by startups and international megacorps who are riding the wave of decreased privacy for all. This website doesn't visualize all of the cats on the net, only the ones that allow you to track where their owners have been.”
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