‘IT Fauna’ and ‘Crime Pays': Using Critical Design to Envision Cyber Security Futures

Debi Ashenden, David Benque, Austin Houldsworth

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The research presented is a collaboration between social scientists, designers and technologists that explored whether critical design could be used to envision cyber security futures. The research imperative was to examine the use of critical design as a way of imagining future or alternative scenarios of cyber security. We evaluated research methods that would encourage cyber security practitioners and policy makers to discuss and re-consider cyber security risk.

The research used critical design to produce speculative scenarios that would encourage a new way of thinking about cyber security risk. ‘Specimens of IT Fauna’ is a visualisation and celebration of our imaginary bestiary of software. ‘Crime Pays’ is a video installation that envisions a future where there is effectively a tax on online privacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrixis & Poetics 
Subtitle of host publicationResearch Through Design 2013 Conference Proceedings
EditorsJayne Wallace, Joycee Yee, Abigail Durrant
PublisherNorthumbria University
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780954958794
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2013 Research Through Design Conference: Praxis and Poetics - The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle upon Tyne & Gateshead, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20135 Sep 2013


Conference2013 Research Through Design Conference
Abbreviated titleRTD 2013
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle upon Tyne & Gateshead
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