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Biometric: deepfakes and identification

With more technology relying on biometrics, I'd like to explore & understand its use/misuse in computer science for identification.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)

I learned that it was helpful to take a conceptual approach. Deepfakes are videos that rely on biometrics, body measurements, to make them appear real. Since my style is collage, art, the biggest challenge was trying to visually suggest what happens in a moving video with a static graphic. My solution was to show the concept of manipulation.

Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)

I'm a designer based out of New York. I've always been artistic and started by painting and drawing around 4 years old. When I enrolled in college, I learned photoshop and started developing a digital collage style. I'm very interested in objects, portraits, and faces and they are reoccurring themes in my work. I spend my days creating photo-illustrations for CNN.

Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)

A colleague shared this contest with me! I was very excited to hear about it since I'm often trying to come up with concepts on cybersecurity and there's not much creative work done in the space.

Website(s)

www.tiffany-baker.com and https://www.instagram.com/p/By0hx9NBwUH/

What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have minimal experience and/or knowledge in the cybersecurity field.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a professional visual creator affiliated with an organization.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

Location: City

Brooklyn

Location: State / District

New York

Location: Country

  • United States of America

What opportunity areas are you covering with this final portfolio? (250 characters)

I'm submitting under the opportunity area "Wildcard". The theme of my final submission is "Biometric: identification and the digital self".

Final Portfolio (1,500 characters)

As the use of technology continues to be woven into the fabric of our lives, my portfolio explores the loss of power and distortion of our digital selves. Biometric verification in tech evaluates body measurements to identify users through the mapping of facial features, fingerprints, retina and iris patterns, voice waves and other factors to effectively learn “you”. Once learnt, technology can then be programmed to identify and /or alter your likeness. My work deals with the theme surrounding the surrender of self to tech and the degradation of our digital identity. My aim is to spark visibility, educate and expand the conversations through visually compelling imagery.

How would you summarize your final portfolio in 100 words or less? (650 characters)

The final portfolio deals with the subject of digital identity illustrated through 5 unique vignettes. The likeness of each subject is copied, distorted, or made ambiguous in some way. Using a variety of different subjects, I am making a commentary about how ubiquitous biometric verification is in our lives and how it touches a wide audience.

Briefly describe your imagined use case for the work in your portfolio. (250 characters)

A series of art exhibits with the goal of education through exposure to these themes. A series of fireside chats about the work would be scheduled to spark conversations to the public in co-working spaces, coffee shops, & non-profit centers.

What was the most useful feedback that you received? (1,000 characters)

The most useful feedback was the reactions other Ideo contestants had to the work and what it made them feel. My concepts developed for the better I believe pivoted from celebrities being represented in deep fakes and leaned into the concept of everyday people losing power over their likeness.

How have your concepts evolved since the Ideas Phase? (1,000 characters)

Yes. I shifted from celebrities and political influences to the wider known public. Users like you and me and those of marginalized communities who have a digital footprint.

How have you been able to incorporate technical accuracy into your concepts? (1000 characters)

I did more background research on biometrics and focused on those factors in each of the final pieces. I honed in on the human emotional aspect through the subject matter while still maintaining conceptual visuals.

How do your concepts expand the conversation on cybersecurity? (1000 characters)

My work questions, "Who has power over your digital likeness?", and touches the theme of the loss of self and our digital identity. This body of work can push edges by acting as a springboard to bring these conversations to the forefront.

If you were provided with additional time and resources, are there additional ways that you’d wish to reimagine the visual language of cybersecurity? (1,000 characters)

I would establish a team of designers dedicated to creating cc 4.0 images for cybersecurity and submit them to the cc database. I would also like to open up this theme to exhibiting artists who could be instrumental in pushing the visual envelope through conceptual work around these topics.

What resources did you find most helpful? (optional, 1,000 characters)

I really gained a lot from the creative commons licensing webinar. It was a lot of new information and I really thought it was amazing Ideo was so fast and responsive to organize that resource for us contestants. Thank you.

Commitment to Creative Commons License (CC BY 4.0)

  • Yes, I ensure that my portfolio is in compliance with CC BY 4.0.

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Photo of Zhan Ng

I really like the third picture in your portfolio depicting the blurred out the face with the core features outlined. I think the piece is a very good visual representation of how a computer detects faces and it communicates the notion that computer-identification may not be as perfect as Hollywood makes it out to be. As people blindly trust the technologies available to them, this image brings to light potential flaws with our machines to wrongfully identify and categorize individuals.

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