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iBorderCtrl? No! A website on what iBorderCtrl is (an EU-funded automated border security system currently being tested that includes lie detection), why it’s a bad idea (just look at the history of lie detection), and what you can do about it (fight).

Vagabonding—Second poetry book. Hard copy for purchase and free ebook online, Oct. 2018.

Five Posts on Polygraphs: A Summary,” Oct. 2018.

Warning Shots of Corruption: Releasing and Revisiting the Polygraph Interviews that Launched My Dissertation Research.” AltGov2, Oct. 2018. 

Lie Detection, Non-Transparency, and Power: Judge Kavanaugh Defending the Emperor with No Clothes,” Oct. 2018.

Polygraph research. A new home on the Internet for my interviews, FOIA and other document releases, dissertation and postdoctoral research. Intended as an educational resource for others.

Art reviews (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30), The Delicious LineApril 2017-May 2018 and occasional.

A Brief Guide to Combatting Mass Surveillance,” The Science Creatively Quarterly, Dec. 2016. [Note: The bulk of this remains good, but if you are interested in the topic as a user, please see also McSweeney’s excellent and more recent The End of Trust: An investigation of surveillance in the digital age (2018), especially Soraya Okuda’s “The Postcards We Send: Tips on Staying Vigilant in the Information Age.” If you’re interested in it as a scholar, see also Ross Anderson’s latest.—VW, May 17, 2019]

Wilde Truth: The Polygraph Files,” The Memory Hole 2, Dec. 2016.

Refugee Screening: A Brief Introduction and A Request for Equipment,”The Science Creatively Quarterly,  Nov. 2016.

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Poetry in its fuller incarnation is music, which in its fuller incarnation is performance… But I’m a quiet person, so this is mostly what I do. 

Vagabonding—Second poetry book. Hard copy for purchase and free ebook online, Oct. 2018.

Push Coasts—First poetry book. Hard copy, free ebook, and illustrated online versions Aug. 2015.

Surveillance Sonnet #73,” Science Creative Quarterly, 2016

Fidelity,” Science Creative Quarterly, 2015.

Infant Morality,” Feathertale, Dec. 2, 2014.

Butterflies,” SCQ, 2014.

His Story,” South Carolina Review, Vol. 43, No. 2, Spring 2011.

Where Did I Put the Night?” Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 11, 2010.

Driving Into Sunset,” Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 7, 2009.


You can download my Ph.D. dissertation here. But I prefer my subsequent Science Creative Quarterly extension of problems with polygraph programs to the broader contexts of mass surveillance and refugee screening. In any event, my multi-method, National Science Foundation-supported experimental, quasi-experimental, and qualitative research on technology and interpretation, featured in The Pacific Standard, prefigures and informs my postdoctoral work combining information science, tech policy, and art.

As summarized in this recent re-release of documents, some of them also released again in Mark Harris’s Wired article “The Lie Generator: Inside The Black Mirror World of Polygraph Job Screenings”… I shared related files, including many obtained through years of FOIA and FOIA lawsuits against several federal agencies, interviews, and other muckraking with McClatchy for a multi-part national investigative series here. Some of the documents and sources proved the CIA is breaking the law in domestic interrogations of U.S. citizens and has lied to Congress about it. Subsequently I no longer felt safe living and working in the U.S. So I started a new life as an artist in Berlin. Later I won a Pyrrhic Freedom of Information victory for American educational requestors—still without getting the data I had for years sued multiple agencies to get released. The U.S. government will not release the data for independent researchers to assess their polygraph programs for racial, gender, and other forms of bias that might systematically affect many agencies’ compliance with equal opportunity law.

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Polygraph stuff

Lie Detectors On Trial? Science, Security, and Accountability in the Era of the Hague Invasion Act.” Presented at Osaka University (Japan), American Studies Symposium, 19 March, 2016.

Neutralizing Confirmation Bias in Technology-Mediated Security Decisions. Dissertation research, 2013.

Medical nerd stuff

Overriding Race and Class Bias: Equity in Technology-Mediated Diagnosis.” 2013.

Collective Action Problems and Comparative-Effectiveness Research: The Case Study of Evidence-Based Rheumatology.” 2009.

You Make Me Sick: Does Maladaptive Psychology Cause Autoimmunity?” 2009.


Crypto Reloaded: Rebranding the Dark Web, Spreading Art and Information (Security) Around the World.” Draft a lightning talk given at the Chaos Communication Camp 2015 in Berlin. Four-minute talk video here, blog here. Associated with another website (or two) coming soon.

Academic Publications

Wilde, V.K., Martin, K.D., & Goff, P.A. Dehumanization as a Distinct Form of Prejudice. Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, Vol. 21, No. 3, September 2014: 1-7.

Jackson, M.C., Wilde, V.K., & Goff, P.A. Seeing Colorblindness: Colorblind Racial Ideology. In What Does it  Mean to be Color-Blind?: Manifestation, Dynamics, and Impact, eds. Neville, H.A., Gallardo, M., & Sue, Derald Wing.

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Too Big to Surveil (security op-ed series) and Gratitude with Attitude: Reflections from a hacker traveling planet earth (gratitude essay series), and other op-eds, 2015, published with an independent news website that went under and whose name is now associated with an unrelated crazy right-wing news website that shall not be named.

Reform campus rape policy,” Guardian, Nov. 18, 2012.

Of Doctors and Risks,” New York Times, Mar. 23, 2009.

Select Comedy

Enhanced Entertainment Techniques,” The Big Jewel, Mar. 11, 2011.

Deweyan-Pragmatist Playground Games and Rhymes,” McSweeney’s, 2011.

Six McSweeney’s  Reviews of New Food and counting.

The Silent Epidemic,” The Morning News, June 2, 2010.

Yankee Pot Roast, various. 

Back Burner

The Other Lives, that roman-à-clef (complete with titular play on The Lives of Others) I keep threatening to write but apparently can’t structure to save my life.

Too Big to Surveil, abandoned book manuscript translating dissertation and postdoctoral research and experiences doing police research in a police state, 2015.

Wrong Life! unpublished play the screenplay sort-of turned into, 2014.

Truth Be Told, unpublished sceenplay the dissertation sort-of turned into, 2014.

The dissertation that polygraph documentary accidentally turned into that was formally defended years ago but still feels unfinished to me inside, 2014.

Untitled polygraph documentary, interviews 2009-2011. Turned into other stuff.

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