From September 2012 to May 2013 I was a research assistant for a University of Toronto, Faculty of Information research project called IXmaps (principle investigator: Andrew Clement). IXmaps is an internet mapping tool that shows how your personal data travels across the internet. The IXmaps project attempts to document and make visible exactly how data from your computer is routed across the internet,  and indicate some of the privacy risks involved in such routing practices.

On October 13, 2012, the IXmaps team was invited to the Ontario Science Center to deliver a public presentation on the project. Team members discussed the project methods and findings with children, adults, internet experts and non-experts, alike. To supplement the presentation I created a silent video called “Who’s Looking at Your Data?” that was used to elicit discussion and questions.

Technical Work: I developed storyboards based on a powerpoint presentation produced by Andrew Clement, created graphics in Photoshop and Illustrator and animated graphics in After Effects. I then coordinated with  Antonio Gamba Bari who expertly produced all of the Google Earth animations. Finally, I  used Premiere to bring all the parts together into one finished video that was optimized for the AV setup at the Ontario Science Centre.

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