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Encrypt To Speak Out

Encrypted communication is vital for activists and journalists who need to speak out against their governments.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

This represents encrypted communication between journalists and activists in different countries. Activists who speak out against their own governments may not be tolerated and an encrypted, secure means of communication is necessary. The tape over the activists mouth represents that they are not free to communicate openly and that encrypted messaging is necessary to sending documents to the press in a different country, where that message can get broadcast out, which represents the megaphone. The globe represents the worldwide reach of encrypted communication where messages can cross borders securely from prying eyes.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

This represents communication between a journalist and an activist, while the random keys represent encryption and are placed between the individuals as the message is passed along. They are enclosed in a box, which represents outside entities such as governments cannot have access to their encrypted communication. The noise outside the box represents all the chaotic attempts to break into the encrypted space, but cannot, which is why the inside of the box is calm.

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

Visual representation does not have to look intimidating or scary looking for the cyber security domain.

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

I am a web developer in Des Moines, IA and am interested in the cyber security field with stronger interests in privacy rights, journalistic integrity, and cyber warfare.

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

The stereotypical hacker image used in nearly every news segment needs an update.


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 cybersecurity professional with an interest in visuals.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

Location: City

Des Moines

Location: State / District


Location: Country

  • United States of America


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I see this submission as a combination of encryption with the concept of the ‘fourth estate’ in journalism ( It’ll take skill to craft this message. You might also wish to research visual representation of journalism and/or protest art. I agree with others that sketch 2 works better so build on that, but don’t be afraid to explore fresh ways to say what you want to say.

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