Hackers Handshake – Photo exhibition brings helpful hackers up close
Hackers are generally portrayed in the media with hoodies, masks, or shadowed faces to underline their criminal intent. This exhibition displays helpful hackers who seek, find, and report vulnerabilities in computer systems in order to improve security. They report their findings to the owners of the vulnerable systems first and then to the hacker community, governments, and businesses that may have a concern in such a system. This practice is currently known as Responsible Disclosure, or Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure. The Netherlands is spearheading this way of collaborating with hackers.
Photographer Tobias Groenland collaborated from 2014 to 2018 with writer Chris van ‘t Hof to bring this diverse group of helpful hackers up close to you in image and story. Each hacker was asked to think of their favourite programming language or hacking technique during the photography session.
The term ‘handshake’ refers to the process of setting the rules of communication between two computers. Once both sides agree, they can establish a trusted connection, recognisable, for example, in the ‘s’ (for ‘secure’) in ‘https:’, and in the small lock displayed in your web browser. This exhibition aims to establish a trustworthy connection between the viewer and hacker to disclose vulnerabilities, fix them, and make the internet safer together.
The following individuals and their portraits are included in the exhibition.
Nick Brands, Elger Jonker, Manon de Vries, Rickey Gevers, Mischa R. van Geelen, Melanie Rieback, Arnd Marijnissen, Stef van Dop, Zawadi Done, Tabitha Vogelaar, Jeroen van der Ham, Victor Gevers, Edwin van Andel, Wesley Neelen, Rik van Duijn, Oscar Koeroo.
16 fine-art portraits prints. (120 cm x 80 cm)
Previous exhibition & locations
The artworks are displayed on a steel tube frame. Next to the prints a display is shown with the title and all information about the photography project. Prints are on display during the following events.
- October 2nd & 3rd 2018 – NCSC One Conference, World Forum, Onyx, The Haque
- October 4th & 5th 2018 – Cyber Security Week, Fokker Terminal, The Hague
- October 8th till 13th 2018 – Gemeentehuis / City Hall, The Haque (opening 16.30 hrs local time)
- November 21st till 22nd 2018 – Gemeentehuis / City Hall, The Haque (Hâck Den Haag by Cybersprint)
- February 12th 2019 – Worm Rotterdam (HackTalk / #HackTalk10)
- On display now: May 17th till 30th 2019 – Primalbase Amsterdam (With Binary District / #HHMeetup)