Quinn Norton

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Quinn Norton in 2007

Quinn Norton (born 1973) is an American journalist, photographer and blogger covering hacker culture, Anonymous, Occupy movement, intellectual property and copyright issues, and the Internet. Her work has appeared in Wired News, The Guardian, Maximum PC, and O'Reilly Media publications such as Make magazine. She has also been a long-time fixture at O'Reilly's Foo Camp.

Norton has given a number of talks at technology conferences on the topic of body augmentation, usually under the title "Body Hacking",[1][2] as well as taught a course at NYU titled "Laboratory of the Self".[3] As part of her research, she had a magnet implanted in the tip of her ring finger, enabling her to sense magnetic fields.[4][5] The magnet was later removed. She has also tested and written about the North Paw project, which uses sensory substitution to operate like a built-in compass, though it is simply worn on the ankle and not implanted.[6][7] More recently, she has sent an audio message of support re privacy issues to CryptoParty.[8]

Quinn's Symphonic Conundrum

Quinn's Symphonic Conundrum is a conceptual prank involving writing and executing a computer program that would output all possible melodies. If published, such algorithmically generated music could bring absurd consequences for copyright law.[9]


  1. ^ We Make Money Not Art A summary of her "Body Hacking" talk at the 23rd Chaos Communication Congress
  2. ^ Presenter on body hacking at Cusp Conference 2008
  3. ^ NYU ITP directory
  4. ^ NPR All Things Considered Radio Interview about the magnet in her finger and her body hacking story
  5. ^ A Sixth Sense for a Wired World Article and pictures about her magnetic implant
  6. ^ My new sense organ
  7. ^ The Northpaw, Day 1: A new sense I didn’t know I didn’t have.
  8. ^ http://soundcloud.com/cryptoparty
  9. ^ Guardian Unlimited Quinn's Symphonic Conundrum

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