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Technology has become integral part of the twenty first century. The advancements we’ve achieved over the past years can be used to benefit humanity, but they can equally be misused to achieve the exact opposite goal. The dual-use dilemma in science is something that we’ve been confronted with for decades. Remember the committed pacifist Einstein unintentionally delivering part of the theoretical prerequisites for the manufacture of nuclear weapon? Thus, technology can be used for the good but it also provides a breeding ground for corruption, manipulation, surveillance, war, criminality or intrusions on privacy. To prevent potential misuse and approach the issue professionally, we’re forced to not only focus on the benefits but also keep the risks in mind and assume our responsibility to get rid of flaws in technological inventions. Additionally, we’re responsible to inform people about potential dangers in the digital world. SpyPi is an approach to do exactly that on an education level: Informing students about potential dangers, their capabilities to take actions against them.
SpyPi is an interactive hacking device that allows students to step into the position of a black-hat hacker or data collector and perform attacks or data-mining in a safe environment. It helps them to better understand the power of technology and the dangers that come with it. The device doesn't intend to spread fear nor force a certain view on students.
The device was originally the result of my high school graduation work. It will be improved for the use in class during the next few months. And a second version will be released.

Key features of SpyPi

Role Reversal

SpyPi allows students to gain a feeling for the power of modern technology and the dangers that come with it by letting them step into the position of a black-hat hacker or data collector.

Interactive

The device has an interactive text-based user interface. Students actively take part and are able to interact with SpyPi indiviually and in smaller groups. SpyPi meets the user at eye-level.

Simple

Awareness raising with SpyPi doesn't require much technical jargon. Students are able to understand problems and the dual-use dilemma of technology by simply using the device.

DEVICE

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CODE

The latest code will be up on GitHup as soon as the improved version will be out.

HARDWARE

Components of Version 1.

Core

A Raspberry Pi 3 B is used as it's core.

RFID-Reader

The device has a built-in RC-522 RFID-Reader.

Cooling

Passive and active cooling elements are used to keep SpyPi cool.

Power

It powers of an Ansmann 20'000mAh and an Intenso 10'000mAh powerbank.

Keyboard

SpyPi includes a wireless Rii K12 keyboard.

Display

The device has a 1280*800 (7") display from Pi52.

WLAN

A second WLAN-module is included: TP-Link TL-WN722N v.1.

Storage

The OS and data is kept on a SanDisk 32GB UHS 3 micro SD.

PRESS

Thank you so much!

SPYPI ON THE GO

Thanks for having me!

Zurich

COSS ETH

December 2017

Presenting my project to the computational social science team at ETH ZH.

Zurich

DHZ

January 2018

SpyPi takes students and teachers on a journey into data security and cyber privacy.

HSR in Rapperswil

Swiss Python Summit 2018

February 2018

Presenting SpyPi to fellow Python programmers at the Swiss Python Summit.

Zurich

Winterkongress

February 2018

Presenting SpyPi at the Winterkongress in February 2018.

Zurich

Chaos macht Schule

March 2018

Chaos macht Schule session at the Kanti Stadelhofen with SpyPi.

Zurich

Network Security Group

April 2018

Presenting SpyPi to the Network Security Group at ETH ZH.

Zurich

Greenpeace

April 2018

E-Activism Workshop with SpyPi for Greenpeace.

Zurich

Avenir Suisse

April 2018

SpyPi at the prodium: Digitales Gold vs. Datenschutz

ABOUT

The person behind SpyPi

Sarah Mühlemann

Sarah Mühlemann

Inventor of SpyPi

High School Student From Bern, Switzerland