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Right now you’re fending off hundreds of online attacks. But where are they coming from, and why?

$echo was a web app that challenged the way people think about their online security by helping them see and hear the online attacks that are constantly being made on them, and prompting them to question the ethical reasons behind them.

It was created by leaving several servers unprotected, and monitoring incoming attacks. When an attack was made from China, the app displayed and played aloud one of the 5,196 names of the school children killed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

The names were recorded in a dataset donated by artist Ai Weiwei to the June 2014 Hack The Space hackathon, where teams of artists were invited to use this data to create new artworks. $echo was the winning project created at the event.

About this Artist

$echo was created by Guy Armitage, Ron Herrema, Gavin Clark and Marko Kirves at Hack The Space, an event held at Tate Modern to launch The Space in June 2014.

Guy Armitage is Founder and Managing Director of Zealous and has been published in Forbes, Metro and Elite Business magazines. He co-founded Bright Creations, and is an Executive Producer for several short films.

Ron Herrema is a freelance composer. He makes acoustic and electro-acoustic music, as well as creating still and moving images. His compositions have been played in concerts across North America and Europe, as well as in Mexico, Australia and Singapore.

Marko Samuli Kirves is a self-proclaimed hacker. He studied computer science at the University of Helsinki before becoming a full-time web developer. He lives and works in London.