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We All Play The Game

We all play this game, whether our gender, race, sexuality, and age. You don't have to be a white man in his 20s with a hood to be a hacker.

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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

The mediums used in this visual artwork are photography and digital design. I combined both to make the artwork more realistic. There are two types of photos presented. One type is the person's daily life, doctor, chef, LGBT+ activist and more. Which show the background of the hacker. The other type is pictures of them in action. My vision of this visual Artwork was to present the types of people that could be hackers despite their age, gender, sexuality, race, and education. There is no one vision of how a hacker looks like. That is shown in this artwork for example in the basketball player picture. Nowadays can become a hacker. The way the pictures and the visuals are placed represent a popular structure of a Network starting from the main source, which is shown by the background of the person. Later the data/Email package is being passed on to the switch, which is shown by the person switching into the cyber life. Later the path reaches the router icons which are the same design that is used in the network set up. And then they are both connected to the main internet which we all share and hold of (the hands). The Internet is represented as a Rubix cube showing that at the end we all play the same complex game and that our actions and interests in the internet are different (shown by colors and icons). The background is dark (similar to an infinite universe) showing the huge spectrum of cases there are. It presents a fact there is a cyber attack every 39 seconds.

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

On a daily basis, we are exposed to shared ideologies about cybersecurity which shape the way we visualize hackers. Those are usually only stereotypes and not the real image. What comes to your mind when you hear the word hacker? White male in his 20s with a hoodie? What if I showed you a picture of a pregnant woman, would you believe me she is a hacker? Would you believe that the pregnant mother is a black hat hacker and is capable of cybercrime? Now place both images side by side, they have more in common then you think. In the end, we are all playing the same game of who’s able to code better and more efficient, while still staying low. I learned that through art, I am able to express ongoing issues that many people are not even aware of. While I was doing my research I found many articles which really got me to read about the woman experience in the IT field in general. It really hurt to know that they are being treated as less capable, which I experience at university too.

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

I am a Cybersecurity student who has lived in many countries in my life and has many international friends. Unfortunately, with my dyslexia, my religion, and gender, I have always been discriminated for not being as smart and not being capable of achieving big in life, as others would. I have always been interested in Arts but never had the actual opportunity to show my visual arts abilities, as it is not so common in schools to do visual arts as a class. I speak 5 languages and 5 coding languages - finally language my family doesn't understand! I dream big and seek most of my goals in life. I am hoping to one day be the face of a strong woman who is capable of achieving her Ethical cyber goals and encouraging others to do so too.

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

At the end of the day, I am affected by this ideology too. When I heard about it on the cybersecurity group chat. I immediately decided to enroll due to the fact that I want to present the reality of whats it's like to be a hacker, whether you are a white hat or a black hat hacker. I also thought this is a great opportunity for me to show my visual arts capabilities in practice. I am hoping to develop this artwork into something that has a strong meaning of what it is like to be a hacker.


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What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have considerable 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?

  • Other

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Location: Country

  • United Kingdom

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Welcome Shelly Cohen  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!