Thomas Nyckel, M.A.
Technical University Braunschweig
Fellow at CAIS from January 2021 to June 2021
This project attempts to analyze CAPTCHA from a media scientific and technofeminist perspective. The Outcome of the project at CAIS will be an interdisciplinary and generally accessible monography about the internet phenomenon CAPTCHA.
Therefore, the different threads of the development of CAPTCHA and their implications within digitalization will be carved out. The project thereby helps to close the existing research gap concerning CAPTCHA.
The media studies perspective applied includes methods from media archaeology and focuses on the historical development of CAPTCHA by addressing their technological conditions. The technofeminist approach – mainly referring to physicist and feminist Karen Barad – complements and completes the toolbox of media studies by taking into account the complex intertwining of CAPTCHA to other phenomena like Microwork and the development of artificial intelligence with the help of CAPTCHAs.
The aim of this project is to sound the possibilities for self-determination and participation when it comes to the design and usage of the internet services of CAPTCHA. Beyond that the analysis will focus on the question of how insights of such scrutinies could be generalized for other internet phenomena, too, to prepare for coming developments.