The last two weeks have been very helpful as it has given me perfect insight into an audiences understanding of my work without the context that I’ve developed over the past three months. For example, my data visualization posters make perfect sense to me but, without a key or explanation, just simply look like lots of dots on a piece of paper.

Even before this stage, having various peers that I have been able to balance my ideas of has been increasingly valuable as the service design that I have intended to create for my final proposal inherently will be used by a greater public and audience that neither have the design or technological expertise or knowledge that I do

What is the problem?

The Internet is broken. It was originally designed for private communications within the US army and since its introduction to the general population; it has gone unregulated and has therefore morphed into an uncontrollable force of contemporary media and entertainment. Whilst this has created a unbelievable platform for sharing and freedom of speech, it has created a platform for misinformation, crime and hate speech. Whilst freedom of speech needs to be retained, as the Internet is a free agent, people need to be held accountable for their actions.

What is my proposal?

My proposal is to create a global verification system that creates a platform for people to speak their mind but also force accountability to individuals who abuse their ‘freedom of speech’. The system would take advantage of the fingerprint sensor that is built into more and more devices. When you want to verify your upload, comment or communication just simply scan your finger, which you have already registered with your local government. Similar to the twitter verification system your text will either be highlighted or a logo will appear next to it to prove that you are who you say you are and that you accept accountability for your actions whilst using the Internet and communicating with others.

What change will this create?

This will allow for complete transparency when people would like to be known for who they are and what they say. This also allows for certain sections of the Internet to remain anonymous, which will serve as a catalyst for free speech and other needed forms of anonymous communication such as online journalism and activism. It will also create “safe places” within the Internet where younger audiences such as young teenagers or children will be held to only communicate with those that have verified themselves and view content in which the government is verified is okay.

How I convey this proposal?

This proposal will be presented in a dramatized series of short videos representing the dangers of anonymous communication on the Internet and how that could shift by the use of a global verification system. For example, a man is communicating via text on a phone on a dimly lit street corner. Details about price are exchanged which will lead the audience to believe that something illegal is going on. Then it will cut two facts and information about the proposed a verification system and when it cuts back, it will reveal that the individual is actually just trying to sell a second hand item on Gumtree. They will be created with a short form style perfectly suited for social media use where videos under 60 seconds are engaged with more due to the lack of concentration that users often have whilst browsing their newsfeed. I hope to create one of these videos, which can then be used as a style guide for the look and feel of other videos created within the series with other scenarios.


Jack Sinclair