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Giving away personal informations to an invisible force

Nowadays nearly everyone gives away his personal informations for free via the internet to a system trying to manipulate us in our choices.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

It is difficult for everyone to understand what is happening to the informations we share on the internet. With my sketch I tried to represent this circumstance and make people understand that we have to think more often about the informations we are giving away to powerful institutions. In my concept these institutions are represented by huge hands. You just see their hands because you don’t know in the real world who is actually processing your personal informations. I used photos of real people so that the viewer of the image can relate to them. The people in the image don’t see what happens above their heads. They are just focused on their devices. Everything they do on their computer and smartphone is being tracked. The colors I used underline this message. I used this specific style (with the lines) to make clear that the scenario takes place in the digital world. In the next step I would tweak the overall visual style a bit to make the message more clear.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

My second sketch addresses the same issue in a different way. The overall setting is the digital world represented by this unique style (with the lines). In general some people share more informations about their self and some do it less. This is represented by the blurred bubbles. We isolate us more and more than ever before by spending time in the digital world. Everything we are giving away are files. Images, videos and our digital calendar for example is to a computer a file and can be processed. This happens so quickly that we don’t even know what is going on. Some files contain informations which give institutions the power to get to know us better than we do and even give them the opportunity to manipulate us. We have seen something like this in the presidential election. Cambridge analytica processed data and tried to manipulate voters. The different people represent the society and the image tries to raise awareness for one of the biggest issues of our time. In the next step I would try different variations of this image to see if it can be optimized to convey the meaning better.

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

I’ve learned that it is quite difficult to find a good representation for specific topics related to cyber security. Often the message you want to convey isn’t perfectly clear. I had to optimize my ideas quite a couple of times a little bit to achieve the outcome I wanted. I think that it is important to create and image that people can relate to. They need to understand instantly which part of the image represents them - otherwise it can be quickly confuising.

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

I am a student in Germany studying “online media“ including topics like design and marketing. My university is in a small town called Mosbach which is close to Heidelberg. In my free time I like to do sport, participate in competitions and improve my skills in designing and programming for example. Every three months I work for a couple of months at the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology in Darmstadt in the marketing department. This is where I have the opportunity to extend my knowledge and get practical experience.

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

I participate in this challenge to improve my skills and learn more about the ways how cybersecurity related topics can be represented.

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 visual design undergraduate student.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • Someone in my network (word of mouth)

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Location: Country

  • Germany

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Welcome Ole Mantei  Happy to see your contribution to the Cybersecurity challenge. How would you consider pushing this idea further? We've had a large number of very interesting creations, have you had a chance to browse other submissions? There's a very interesting conversation around cybersecurity going on!