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An art project in Berlin based on the gay chat app @Grindr has set off a debate over the online privacy of geo-location dating services, and the effect they might be having on their users.
For five days in early October, Dutch artist Dries Verhoeven broadcast his Grindr chats onto a projection screen inside a glass cube situated on a public square in Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood.
GEO-dating apps still appealing Grindr has become one of the best-known sex navigation apps.
"Not that they were unfamiliar with the possibility that people would use Grindr for an art project, but that they would use it without their knowledge or consent." Other Internet art projects Shaka Mc Glotten, a professor at the State University of New York who researches the interaction between art, technology and sexuality, says many artists are using the Internet and apps such as Grindr in their work.
But Mc Glotten stresses the need for an ethical and transparent approach when deploying these tools.
"Whether it was to focus on public sex or the kind of relationship between the private and the public in relation to gay male sexuality?
Or if it was - as some of the critics have claimed - a kind of inadvertent, erotophobic sex-shaming sort of thing?
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