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VOME project summary: citizen centric privacy by design

So, what have we been up to, these past 3 and a half years? This leaflet, also available in printed form, gives an overview and outline of the activities VOME has undertaken.

Download the leaflet here, or contact us if you’d like a printed copy.

VOME design principles – print and fold leaflet

One of the key outputs for the VOME project was a set of design principles to help service providers understand and respond to the privacy, consent and information needs users shared with us over the course of our research.

We have produced a leaflet explaining the core concepts, which you can download here.

If you would like a copy of the full design principles, please do get in touch


Privacy Game – now available to download under a Creative Commons license

A game to communicate and explore privacy and consent issues

The Visualisation and Other Methods of Expression (VOME project) has been working on a card game to support the discusison and teaching of issues of online privacy and consent.

The game is designed for 3-5 players and is playable in about half an hour.

The game emerges from research that the VOME team have been conducting into people’s experiences of privacy and consent online, and how they understand these issues. It also draws upon research into the most effective ways to communicate information on these topics. The aim is to develop alternative conceptual models of online privacy which enable users to make clearer choices about online disclosure.

The game is now available to download and print here. If you would like a higher resolution version, you can access that here via DropBox.

The game is licensed under Creative Commons Licence Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) by Royal Holloway, University of London on the behalf of the VOME project partners. This means we would love you to print the game out, use it and share it, as long as you make sure you attribute it back to us, don’t make money from it, and don’t change it.

For greater detail about the game development, please see

Played the game? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Share your feedback here.

Digital Provocations slideshow

VOME has developed a series of digital interventions to test hypothesis about how people would engage with awareness technologies. The video above explains the approach and shares some of the outcomes of the research.

Download the full Powerpoint presentation here: Digital provocations presentation

GameCity: Adventures in Privacy

This October, VOME issued a challenge to a select group of gamers at GameCity – the world’s most interesting festival celebrating all things gaming. Supported by noted games for social good designers Minkette and Matt Watkins, VOME asked 8 intrepid participants to spend a couple of days designing and developing a game that promoted understanding of online privacy practices. We wanted to see what these gamers and games designers might come up with, when challenged to find a way to illustrate the research principles that helped David Barnard-Wills come up with Privacy, a card game.

Here’s a  film StrangeStorm made for us, explaining what we got up to.

Athina’s Insight: A film from the What does Privacy Look Feel & Sound Like Workshop

Anthina Antoniaouis is calmly intense, holds a steady gaze and   drinks her vodka double, neat, poured over ice cubes.  She is a woman with depth, she has learned about life.  Listening intensely, she bears herself as someone who understands the seasons, the mountains, the seas, humanity and nature itself.  She is streetwise, perfectly at home in any urban setting finding her way effortlessly through winding alleys and high-rises.  Anthena is just plain cool in a chilled kind of a way.  And she produces exciting, thought provoking art.

VOME Workshop: What does Privacy Look Feel and Sound Like? Athina Antoniadou from VOME on Vimeo.

Link here read Freya’s complete thoughts on the presentation

Private Sounds with Viv Corringham: A film from the What does Privacy Look Feel and Sound Like Workshop

In this presentation, Viv encourages researchers to think about how privacy is intimately related to notions of identity and how the sense of privacy changes on a moment by moment basis. Viv’s work also encourages researchers to think about how physical space interacts with someone’s emotional space and how adjusting physical space influences the senses of privacy.

VOME Workshop: What does Privacy Look Feel and Sound Like? Viv Corringham from VOME on Vimeo.

Viv Corringham is a Sound Artist who communicates other people’s private thoughts. She listens and records them during a walk of their familiar route, walking by their side, later to re-walk their route on her own, singing to their stories she’s listened to.  She calls the recordings ‘Shadow walks’ and says her voice becomes a ‘ghost’ of the memories and associates.  Viv says people literally undress for a sound recording, as they would for if being painted; being painted or recorded merging into a space where people reveal privacy in different forms.

Link here to read Freya’s complete thoughts on Viv’s presentation

VOME NEWS – Release of film from "Privacy Workshop"

VOME is releasing one video per week for the next eight weeks. Each individual film is a specific social commentary on a privacy related topic developed by an artist for one of our workshops. Our artists are from a variety of genres, and all participated in our “What does Privacy Look, Feel and Sound Like?” workshop, so look out for some interesting and though provoking film clips. For more details on the workshop and the process we followed, click here.

Private Moments -A film from the Workshop “What does Privacy Sound Feel and Look Like” – Reettta’s  pure essence – a provocation that was developed to explore thoughts on the nature of identity and identity management.

As part of its work, VOME has engaged with art and design communities as we work to envision different ways in which privacy and consent technologies might evolve. Art and design disciplines have also helped to enrich VOME’s current technology development programme. VOME is focused on grassroots debate and interaction on privacy issues across all sections of the community.
In support of the evolving discussion prompted by the alternate viewpoints on privacy highlighted by these videos, an artist from the VOME community will be leading blog discussions on our art and design programme.
You can find all the film related to this part of our work here:

"Private Moments" – a film from the workshop "What Does Privacy Sound, Feel and Look Like?"

Reetta’s pure essence

This is the first film from the artists’ workshop entitled “What Does Privacy Sound, Feel and Look Like?”.  More details on the workshop, its objectives and an outline of the process can be found here.

Each artist was asked to develop a provocation related to the theme of on-line privacy. Here is Reetta’s provocation based on the theme of identity. The audience interact with Reetta to uncover aspects of her identity that she typically keeps hidden. This provocation helps VOME researchers to think about the different aspects of identity and identity management and some of the sense in which identity is negotiated.


Watching Reetta’s presentation you see a glimmer of Reetta as she really is, pre performance.  A private moment of the actor captured.  The moment before ‘going on’, when you don’t know for sure what will really happen as there is audience involvement and it all depends on how they accept your proposals, react and interact.  Making sure you’re ready, in Reetta’s case: props, costume, makeup and music – not too high / not too low.  Had the audience interrupted Reetta’s pre-set up, she would have had a momentary loss of control of the illusion she wished to create.

Link here to read Freya’s complete thoughts on this presentation

Design Council Presentation: Mapping the Intangible, Lizzie Coles-Kemp

Lizzie Coles -Kemp – Project Manager for VOME,  introduces the project and sets the scene for  the Key note speaker. In this introduction, Lizzie explains a little of the ways in which VOME works with the art and design communities.

Lizzie Coles-Kemp presents “What does privacy look, feel and sound like” from VOME on Vimeo.