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Don't take me for granted

Will your toaster obey?

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

A silly image with a very serious point. This is for 'that' presenter who loves to use a fun slide! A sense of humor may well be needed if the following transpires. This is inspired by a Google lecture by Frank Abagnale. He's the guy upon which the film 'Catch Me if you Can' is based upon. In short - he was a con artist. Part of his punishment was working with the FBI where he advised on security. You can find the lecture on You Tube 2017. Toward the end he starts to discuss the black web and he raises the danger points of an interconnected cyber network when it meets the real world. So, what happens when someone can turn your pacemaker off at 5000 miles, lock you in your car, turn off the power? While we may all be able to ignore data breaches - we won't be able to ignore those examples. In this visual - we are denied our breakfast toast bringing the potential issues 'home' to us.

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

Producing worrying images of mad merchandise is easy but would, no doubt, be counter productive when the technology is clearly coming and will be embraced. Sometimes a softer route is best when informing of the possible threat.

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

I am a product designer who is passionate about 'ideas' and communicating them.

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

Now I am more immersed in the briefing it is clear that visual language can help general understanding of the subject. As cyber issues affect society as a whole it makes sense that everyone is better informed.


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.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a professional visual creator freelancer.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • OpenIDEO email / social media

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Location: Country

  • United Kingdom


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Photo of Ash Gardiner

Love the simplicity of this one Thomas Grimer - Could benefit from a call to action but it is super easy to understand and your cartoon toaster rocks. All of which is moot because your "Compilers" is romping home already.

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