Control data in order to manipulate the algorithm

  • Bruno Silva Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Helena Anjos Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Lola Meintjes Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa
  • Pedro Tavares Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa


When people are connected to the internet, their personal data is being shared with companies that use it for their own benefit, almost as a factory farm for human beings. Hence, by tracking and profiling everyone, those companies make profits by manipulating our behavior. In fact, they are not trying to sell their products; each one of the internet users becomes “the product.”

In addition, there is the “filter bubble”, a term that refers to the results of the algorithm that constrains what one finds online, creating a unique universe of information for each of the users, altering the search results.

Globule is a free software that allows the users to scan all the information available about themselves across the internet, listing the data shared and creating new profiles of data to manipulate the algorithm and increase the level of control of internet search results. It offers a complete customization of the alternative profiles, creating a random profile.

Thus, this app interferes with the algorithm used to collect information, according with the user’s profile: controls the search results, preventing the filters and reducing restriction, debugging and redirecting them, to provide access to others; to boycott, deceive and confuse the system, or those using the data collected, in order to avoid any kind of harassment; or to protect the privacy users by managing the data that becomes available online.

How to Cite
Silva, B., Anjos, H., Meintjes, L., & Tavares, P. (2021). Globule. BBDS - Black Book: Drawing and Sketching, 2(1), 31 - 40.