Backslash Communication by Pedro Oliveira & Xuedi Chen

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Backslash

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Communication

INSPIRATION:
The future of technology in protest looks dark. The hyper-militarization of law enforcement has become widespread as global governments attempt to suppress dissent and monitor their citizens. There is a huge disparity between the amount of technologies used by the authorities and the technologies available to protesters and activists during protests and riots. The modern protester believes that connectivity is a basic human right. In protests of the future, how will the underground fight back?

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Backslash is a space to research the relationship between protests and technology, cultivating dialog about freedom of expression, riots and disruptive tech. The Backslash kit is a collection of functional devices designed and built to facilitate communication in areas of conflict. A fast deployment router, a wearable that can notify others blocks before entering a conflict area, or a way to keep your phone from being track and identified. This is just the start.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The devices are designed for emergency situations, it is in their nature to be fast, effective and semi-disposable. The creators kept several things in mind like fast and easy deployment, safety of users, avoiding the collection of sensitive data, communication during network blackouts and ability in spreading messages and reaching the global community. The devices are all designed and programed to be quickly deployable with the pull of a switch or a push of a button.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project was started in spring of 2015. It has been invited to present the project at the Open Hardware Summit and NYC Media Lab Summit in September. It will also be a part of the Radical Networks conference in October 2015.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Idea Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The kit is a set of 6 hi-low tech devices that can enable alternative methods of communication in creative ways using accessible technologies. Open sourced designs were used to develop the electronics. Attention was paid to using low cost and easily accessible components. Enclosures for devices are modeled and 3D printed on the Objet Connex500 in multiple rigid and flexible materials. Enclosures were post processed and finished by hand. Additional details were laser cut and milled in aluminum.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The devices range in sizes. Wearable: 20mm x 40mmm x 13mm SD: 50mm x 50mm x 15mm Jam: 50mm x 50mm x 15mm Router: 50mm x 50mm x 90mm Bandana: 510mm x 510mm Stencils: 100mm x 100mm x 30mm

TAGS:
communication, digital, privacy, security, social impact, protest, community driven design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research included developing creative and unconventional means of communication for dynamic situations. Protesters in the US and Hong Kong have more smart phones, making computer vision technologies more accessible. However this is not the case in some developing countries. A lot of research effort was put into finding low cost and accessible solutions in electronics and mode of production that would allow these devices to be built and used in different countries.

CHALLENGE:
Conditions vary immensely across the globe. A one size fits all solution to these dynamic situations is impractical. With this project, we highlight the significance of community driven design and the importance of inciting this discourse with the global community. By showing the possibilities that can be achieved by appropriating existing and accessible technologies, we hope to inspire communities to collectively redefine and reinvent their technological culture in protests.

ADDED DATE:
2015-06-26 19:53:39

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Pedro Oliveira and Xuedi Chen

IMAGE CREDITS:
Roy Rochlin

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Backslash

PROFILE:
Backslash is a space to research the relationship between protests and technology, cultivating dialog about freedom of expression, riots and disruptive tech. It explores the colorful global culture of dissent and challenges the role of technology in protests of the future with special interest in the technologies that could help to start this conversation. Backslash critically examines current parameters to expose the imbalance, implant questions and start a conversation about the tense relationship between technology and protest.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Backslash Communication by Pedro Oliveira & Xuedi Chen is a Nominee in Social Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Backslash Communication by Pedro Oliveira & Xuedi Chen is Winner in Social Design Category, 2015 - 2016.



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