Winners Crypto Design Challenge 2016


During the Crypto Design Awards we announced the winner of the Crypto Design Award chosen by a professional jury and the winner of the Audience Award chosen by the audience in Paradiso. The jury consisted of Nadine Roestenburg, Patricia de Vries, Roel Roscam Abbing, Sabine Niederer and was headed by Mieke Gerritzen.

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The winner of the Crypto Design Award was Yinan Song with her project called Deeply. Yinan is a master student Information Experience Design at the Royal Collage of Art in London. She described Deeply as follows:

“Deeply presents a live operating system on an SD card called Tails, which you can boot from and use by inserting it into your computer. Tails comes with a set of tools with which to explore the Deep Web, which leaves no traces on your computer and protects your privacy against prying eyes, whether from surveillance agencies or entities on the Deep Web. And analogous to condoms, it doesn’t stop at protection and security. Contraceptive devices like condoms promote freedom and liberty and give its users more choices over their lives, which is similar to the hope I have for the Deep Web.”

According to the jury her project stood out because it showed that cryptography is not only something for computer geeks and experts. The design is clean and simple, and reminds us of the Silicon Valley esthetic. Together with the all known condom package Yinan gives the Deep Web an image that isn’t scary, but natural and simple. The condom could be seen as an individual gesture, that everyone is responsible for their own online safety, but the condom here is used as a collective awareness campaign for safe data traffic. In line with the metaphor, privacy preservations are rather useless if one is not told how to use these and how to appreciate the ‘comfort vs security’ trade offs. This educational aspect prevents that it is are used once, and then abandoned, for long-term unwanted consequences. The projects could thus be expanded with telling young people how to protect themselves and still being able to enjoy online connections.




Photo: Sebastiaan ter Burg

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The audience chose the winner of the Audience Award by voting for their favourite submission in Paradiso. There were around 142 votes, and Julia Janssen got 33 of them, which made her the winner of the Audience Award. Julia graduated recently from ArtEZ University of the Arts and submitted her graduation project Bank of Online Humanity, where she combined the theory of the universal basic income with the ownership rights of personal information:

“In a world where you continuously have to agree to the terms of Internet services, which state that they may use your information for their own benefit, who has actual control over your information? Information has become a highly valuable and commercial asset for companies. But what happens to your personal ownership rights?
The Bank of Online Humanity is a speculative system where:
– Personal data is a commodity.
– All types of information have their own specific value.
– Data serves as a currency.
– Sharing data is a source of monthly basic income.
– Your basic income can increase, depending on your personal characteristics.
– People are categorised by status, needs and behaviour.
Imagine a world where privacy is treated as commercial merchandise.”