Dispatch is a mobile application that provides secure, authenticated, anonymous communication and publishing. Supported by a grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, our research team developed a fully-functioning app that went through its first field test during the 2012 presidential election, allowing users to post photos and text to our test Tumblr account in real time. Project website.
Hiding in Plain Sight
While it is natural to think of digital information security as primarily an issue of passwords and encryption, a simple first step towards protecting digital data is to make it less detectable. Drawing on the idea of defensive clothing and expanding the concept to include personal data, “Hiding in Plain Sight” incorporates USB keys into convincingly wearable accessories, in an attempt to bring both imagination and whimsy to the often ominous and defeating field of information security. This piece is designed especially to encourage those who don’t consider themselves technically savvy to consider how their individual skills and perspectives can be applied to generate novel forms of digital information protection. “Hiding in Plain Sight” was exhibited as part of the PRISM Breakup exhibit at Eyebeam Gallery in New York, October 4-12, 2013.