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Keyboards Need Space

Cybersecurity and privacy is framed by our relationship with technology. I wanted to show this by giving the keyboard a voice.

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To give the keyboard a voice and some words I tried to make it look a little like a face (hoping paradolia works here). The keyboard is our main interface to the digital world, but it is a little unloved. The words express it's resentment, it's knowledge of your secrets and it's neediness (we feed the machine). There is also a class of keyboard based attacks - emissions detection, keystroke loggers, typing speed and key wear - so they are not beyond giving up their secrets. Finally there is a sub-message around stepping away from technology and either meeting or talking. The anthropomorphistic voice of inanimate objects is device used by PG Wodehouse and Douglas Adams to great effect - especially if they are installed with Genuine People Personality.

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

Variation on the theme above. Keyboard group therapy. Slightly less plaintive. Tried to hold on to the idea of letting the text make a face.

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Photo of Dima Boulad

Interesting idea about our keyboard therapy Ben Banks 
Our relationship to devices is a recurrent theme I've seen in different submissions as well:
Opt in - or you're out by Thomas Grimer or IOT Bowling over by AADHITHYA SUJITH 
Perhaps they can be good inspiration!

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