DAP: Digital-footprint Awareness for Public
Our online interactions and behaviors cast a mold which is unique to every individual. This virtual impression is known as a digital footprint.
DAP is a public installation that gives an artistic representation to your digital footprint giving it a form for you to assess, thereby making people more aware of their digital habits and behaviors .
Tools: Processing, Arduino, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Sketch
Team members: Ishan Sain
Key contribution: Research, Conceptualization, Prototyping
Focus Area: Digital Footprint, Public Installation, Physical computing
Duration: 1 Week
Advisor: J.D. Zamfirescu-Pereira
We are all members of a digital society; consequently, our online activities, interactions, and behaviors cast a mold which becomes unique to our online presence. This virtual impression is known as our digital footprint.
Why is it so important to measure this? The metadata collected through your usage of a digital environment can immensely impact aspects of your daily life such as your privacy, security, and digital reputation. This digital content can be accessed for numerous reasons, some more harmful than others.
This is one of the craziest things about the modern age. We would never let the government or a corporation put cameras/microphones in our homes or location trackers on us. But we just went ahead and did it ourselves because – by mindlessly putting information online or giving consent to every distracting cookie popups etc. It is important to be conscious of the impact and the consequences of the footprint you leave behind. This Installation is a step towards making people more aware of their online activity.
Hardware - iPad, Foam Core Casing
Software - P5.js Sketch hosted online
Input - Selecting choices based on every question
Output - Abstract visual representation of your footprint based on your choices
Data - User’s answers were translated using an in-built logic that is represented in an abstract shape. The shape will show a person's digital footprint unique to every individual.
The following diagram illustrates shows the components within the whole system:
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Structure: The whole kiosk was made with foam core. Inside the frame, a touchscreen laptop and a mini thermal printer were set up to generate printed receipts of the footprints.
Technology: The whole system and the interface was coded in processing and connect to a mini thermal printer via Arduino.
Location: Being a public Installation it was placed in a busy corridor with a large footfall.
Setup: In the final set up a poster was placed under the kiosk explaining the concept of the installation. Users could interact with the installation by answering a few simple questions related to their digital habits which resulted in a printed receipt with a graphic showing them their digital footprint. The printed receipt serves as a reminder to be careful of your digital habits.
Poster for the Installation
Poster explains the concept of the installation & digital footprint. It explains how to understand the graphic on the receipt. Size of graphic is directly promotional to size of your footprint. The scale and the expanse of the graphic with respect to the surrounding three concentric circles shows you the size of your footprint on the web.
The main objective of this project was prototyping, laying emphasis on physical computing and programming.
Main challenges were:
Building the logic for the transformation of user's data to footprint's shape in code.
Stitching components of P5 sketch.
Integrating thermal printer to P5 for the users to take their footprint receipt.