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Human Interfaced

Who is working for whom?

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There are many types of 'trust' that we grant and within this, several levels of trust to be considered. The issue of trust is covered by information we place on-line. Where we make information public - can we trust that it will be used properly and treated fairly? Can we trust that 'private' is private and will remain so. Further more - can we trust the competencies of honest companies to protect us from malicious threats? There are many cases where they have failed to do so. This depiction focuses on more general data we may provide i.e. social media and where the user is arguably the commodity at stake. Here, we see a depiction of our devices 'using' us. In a world of 'free' services - who is working for whom and what impact does that have on the way data is targeted?

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This is more of a cultural reference to our interfacing with the cyber world en masse - it is a cultural shift so large that it is arguably not feasible to 'opt' out of it. Even if you do not place any information online yourself - your service providers (any one from SM to utility companies) will. As big data is worth more as it accumulates this visual shows how we are all hearded in one direction and thus - we must be able to trust the system as a whole.

What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have never worked in cybersecurity before but am excited to learn more and get involved.

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Photo of Dima Boulad

This is a very powerful image Thomas Grimer , thank you for this submission! I definitely think the second step conveys the image in a sharper way, I'm also wondering if we don't see even more devices far in the background? What do you think Ben Banks ?

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Dima Boulad. When I looked at the image I wanted to a crowd of 'phone people' in the background. I wanted an image of Roman legions, that spoke to the Nuremberg Rally and/or Queen - Radio Gaga video with coffee cups in unison held aloft (or take a pick from the multitude of other cinematic sources). I am reminded of the irony when I saw the Levellers at Glastonbury in the 90's and a whole crowd of Crusties singing "there's only one way of life, and that's your own....".

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Thanks for the positive comments. I have done as suggested, but on a slightly different tack. Please see the submission 'opt in or you're out'.