I Know Where Your Cat Lives
I Know Where Your Cat Lives iknowwhereyourcatlives.com is a data experiment that visualizes a sample of 1 million public pics of cats on a world map, locating them by the latitude and longitude coordinates embedded in their metadata. The cats were accessed via publicly available APIs provided by popular photo sharing websites. The photos were then run through various clustering algorithms using a supercomputer at Florida State University in order to represent the enormity of the data source.
This project explores two uses of the internet: the sociable and humorous appreciation of domesticated felines, and 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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- The privacy implications of cat pictures (4:24) MSNBC Interview with Ronan Farrow
- The Navy's Acoustic Warfare, Anti-Surveillance Camouflage, And Erasing Your Metadata (6:35) Interview as part of New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth
- Meet The Guy Who's Putting Your Cat On The Map — To Prove A Point (2:12) Interview with National Public Radio's All Things Considered
- The Internet knows where your cat lives and you should be worried (1:19) The Globe and Mail
- Professor creates site revealing where people's cats live (2:06) app.com
- Morning Express with Robin Meade (1:02) HLN
- This Guy Is Cyberstalking the World's Cats in the Name of Privacy Motherboard / Vice Magazine
- What the Internet Can See From Your Cat Pictures The New York Times
- This Website Knows Where Your Cat Lives Time Magazine
- Here's The Website You Will Never Ever Leave Jezebel
- The Cats of the World, Mapped: A lesson in digital privacy The Atlantic