Cade is the founder of The New Design Congress, an international research organisation forging a nuanced understanding of technology's role as a social, political and environmental accelerant. He studies, writes, consults and speaks regularly on topics such as digital power structures, privacy, information warfare, resilience, internet economies and the digitisation of cities.
- Memory in Uncertainty
with Benjamin Royer, New Design Congress, forthcoming
- Toward Re-entanglement: a charter for the city and the Earth
with Bauhaus Erde, Pontifical Academy of Sciences and others, 2022
- Backchannel: A relationship-based digital identity system
with Karissa Rae McKelvey, Benjamin Royer, Chris Sun (daiyi) and Peter van Hardenberg, Ink & Switch, 2021
- The Limits to Digital Consent
with Kelsey Smith, Ame Elliott & Georgia Bullen, New Design Congress, 2021
- Aesthetic Flattening
with Jaz Hee-jeong Choi, ACM Interactions Magazine, 2021
- Smartphone as Lifeline: Designing technology for a changing world
with Stephanie Hankey, Rose Regina Lawrence and Marek Tuszynski, Tactical Tech, 2020
- This is Fine: Optimism & emergency in the P2P network
New Design Congress, 2020
- “Technically” Responsible: The essential, precarious workforce that powers A.I.
with Caroline Sinders, New Design Congress, 2020
- The Treaty of Finsbury Park 2025
with Ruth Catlow, New Design Congress & Furtherfield, 2020
- Our Artificial Wilderness: Virtual beauty & ecological decay
with Edward Anthony, New Design Congress, 2020
- Ethical Design? No Thanks!
New Design Congress, 2020
- Shrinking Civil Space
with Andrea Figari, Rose Regina Lawrence et. al, Tactical Tech, March 2019
- On Weaponised Design
Tactical Tech, 2018
- Dana: Research tools for an uncertain world
New Design Congress major project, details tba, ongoing
- The Para-Real: Finding the future in unexpected places
exhibition series with C/O Berlin and others, ongoing
- Underscore: an integrated creative infrastructure platform
research project, ongoing
- Anxiety Games: Accessible approaches to empathetic threat modeling
Practice development, ongoing
- Scrpt: Collaborative audio annotation system
research project with PEN International, 2021
- The Treaty of Finsbury Park
exhibition project with Furtherfield, 2020-2021
- Backchannel: Relationship-based digital identity system
research project with Ink & Switch , 2021
- Junkipedia: Mis- and disinformation platform
threat modelling & design systems consultation, 2021
- Txt: a small word processor that keeps your work safe with well-documented encryption.
New Design Congress prototype, 2020
- Signalbots: Secrets Distribution and Social Graph Protection for Private Groups
with OTF and Simply Secure, 2020
Whole Foods Wants Your Handprints. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Bon Appétit, August 2022
How states are turning TikTok influencers into propaganda machines
Dazed, April 2022
Special Report: Digital Resilience & War
New Models, March 2022
Reimagining Digital Infrastructures
REROUTE.FM, September 2021
Weaponized Design, security, vulnerability, and caution over the decentralized web
Interdependence, May 2021
Apple created the privacy dystopia it wants to save you from
Fast Company, June 2019
Data detox for the new year
BBC Click, December 2019
New Models, December 2018
User Agent: If everything is so smooth, then why I am so sad?
Rathenau Instituut, Amsterdam, July 2018
Bad news about Pretty Good Privacy
Columbia Journalism Review, May 2018
Reply All, Chicago, 2016
Speaking / Teaching
Anxiety games: An accessible introduction to collective digital safety
Responsible Technology Design Intensive, Gray Area, Online, November 2022
What is the Para-Real?
C/O Digital Launch, Berlin, July 2022
Rebuilding the future in unexpected ways: On infrastructure, resilience and hope
Mriia Conference, Lviv, July 2022
Digitisation as a material
Reconstructing the Future, Vatican City, June 2022
Figures: In conversation with Adam Greenfield
New Design Congress, Online, May 2022
Welcome to My Thread Talk: In conversation with Silvio Lorusso
New Design Congress, Online, November 2021
The Treaty of Finsbury Park: A post-Cartesian relationship with non-humans
IAM Internet, Barcelona, November 2021
Privacy and the Pandemic: Solutions Against Surveillance
Orchid's PRIV8, Online, March 2021
Dreaming in Platforms: New horizons after open source
Eröffnung der Prototype Fund Demo Week, Berlin, February 2021
Beyond Design Ethics: Cybersecurity methods in User Experience Design
IXDD Budapest, Online, November 2020
What is Design Ethics?
MESH Festival, Online, November 2020
Prior Art: Building real economic solidarity
Future of the Art Market, UCL London, Online, October 2020
This is Fine
Reclaim Futures, Online, September 2020
This is Fine
Our Networks, Online, September 2020
Introducing Anxiety Games: Accessible tools for empathetic threat modelling
AXIS Usable Tools, Internews, Online, August 2020
Organising safely online for mutual aid
New Design Congress, Online, July 2020
Design Ethics? No Thanks!
Config Figma, San Francisco, January 2020
Our Artificial Wilderness: Virtual beauty and ecological decay
New Models SIMSOCIETY, Berlin, January 2020
Timeline (pre-New Design Congress)
Tactical Tech Lite
An automated infrastructure project that makes Tactical Tech's work accessible to audiences in adversarial situations, in places with poor connectivity, or unusual or difficult to support hardware. Read more about this via the press release. In collaboration with Laurent Dellere, Jacopo Anderlini and Danja Vasiliev.
Berlin, September 2019
Weaponised Design: An Investigative Workshop
Debut of a new participatory Weaponised Design workshop, in which participants explore the politics of design by investigating and exploiting publicly available algorithms. Completed in collaboration with Tactical Tech and Kings College Faculty of Digital Humanities.
Open Rights Group Conference, London, July 2019
Design Ethics @ Speculative Futures, Berlin
A guest lecture at Speculative Futures on how 'design ethics' threatens to neutralize both the critique of outcomes and to limit the potentials of design speculation to contribute to a radically reimagined world.
Speculative Futures, Berlin, July 2019
Web of Trust Introduction to PGP and Key-Signing Party
An arts-tech focused introduction to Web of Trust and PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), tracing its origins to the early cypherpunk movement. Supported an introductory PGP key-signing Cryptoparty. With Sarah Friend, Cory Levinson and Sam Hart. Held at Trust.
Web of Trust Berlin, June 2019
Something Or Other: LCC Lecture Series
Guest lecture at the London College of Communication on how 'Design Ethics' prevents deep examination of systemic inequalities and power structures.
London College of Communication, London, April 2019
Tactical Tech: Organisation Rebrand
Fifteen year rebrand of Tactical Tech – a berlin-based NGO, with a focus on unifying the organisation's aesthetics and capturing the creativity of the organisation's many team members. With Daisy Kidd, Ida Flik and Philipp Dollinger at Tactical Tech.
Tactical Tech, Berlin, May 2019
Phantasms of Decentralization? Conversations about Commoning with Coming Media
Participation in "a speculative conversation about a more radical commoning using recent and forthcoming information technologies, including the entanglement of technologies with alternative forms of living together from different scales and levels, such as networking (goods, communication), decision making, predicting/modelling, automation driven post-scarcity economies, tracking, and negotiating situated value."
Transmediale, Berlin, January 2019
The Data Detox Kit
Project lead for an influential 8 day project that raises public awareness of surveillance capitalism, helps people critically analyse the role of data collection in their lives, and aids them in limiting or removing themselves from these surveillance systems.
Tactical Tech, Berlin, 2018-2019
DACIDA Talks: On Weaponised Design
A livestream talk for DACIDA, an online community that gathers creative, open-minded fellows with the goal of exploring, sharing experiences and starting a dialogue about what it means to be an artist in the 21st century. Organised by the NGO "Gradska Gerila" with the support of the Goethe-Institut Belgrade.
Berlin, November 2018
A longer talk about Weaponised Design at Radical Networks – a festival and a conference designed to foster critical discussions around policy, DIY networking and the future of the Internet.
Spektrum, Berlin, October 2018
Guest lecture at Hyper Island's Stockholm campus about weaponised design, and the greater politics of infrastructure.
Hyper Island, Stockholm, September 2018
Ghost in the Machine
A talk on Weaponised Design alongside complementary talks on Live Action Role Play by Susan Ploetz, and artificial intelligence ethics by Joshua Johnson.
Trust, Berlin, July 2018
Design direction for a the XYZ project, a space to publish practical tools to navigate digital security and privacy from a gender perspective, in collaboration with Semanur Karaman.
Gender & Tech Institute / Tactical Tech, Berlin, March 2018
Efficiency and Madness Postgraduate Semester
Co-developed and lectured the winter 2017/2018 semester of Universität Potsdam's Designschule post-graduate programme. With Stephanie Hankey, Marek Tuszynski and Varoon Bashyakarla.
Universität Potsdam, Potsdam, September 2017 – February 2018
Creative and design direction for a professional cryptocurrency trading platform and related branding. In collaboration with Ignatius Gilfedder.
CoinJar, Melbourne & Berlin, February 2018
Creative direction for SpiderOak and its suite of products. A two year focus on design research within an information security context, covering the entire company's communications, strategy and products. In collaboration with photographer Ward Roberts, and, for a time, Isobar Chicago, SpiderOak's design team mixed information security, aesthetics and design to develop new approaches of authenticating and communicating securely.
SpiderOak, Chicago, New York, Kansas City, July 2015 – January 2017
Led design on an end-to-end encrypted collaboration platform. Tested a series of aesthetic and user experience concepts informed by ongoing user research and learnings from Kloak, an earlier project.
SpiderOak, Chicago & Kansas City, June 2016
Nervous Design: Building Anxiousness Into Interfaces
A showcase of design experiments that explore how user-hostile security and privacy can become the centre of a designer’s practice.
Digital Designer's Toolbox, Melbourne, May 2016
Redesign and rebrand of a light-weight open source synced password manager after its acqusition by SpiderOak.
SpiderOak, Chicago & Kansas City, December 2015
A white-list first microblogging social media app, highly private and designed with a novel form of inter-personal verification between users. Developed in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, specifically researching asynchronous key exchange.
SpiderOak, Chicago & Kansas City, September 2015
Four month volunteer research project with Open Whisper Systems on for the popular encrypted messenger app, Signal. This prototype led to me contributing to the push to complete Signal 2.0 in Hawaii.
Open Whisper Systems, Melbourne & Kauai, January 2015
Creative Director at Australia's most successful cryptocurrency startup, overseeing design and product direction as the company transitioned from a small startup to a fully fledged new-finance platform. Oversaw the design and development of the company's suite of early-stage crypto products, including personal wallet apps for desktop and handheld devices and the CoinJar Swipe debit card.
CoinJar, Melbourne, December 2013 - July 2015
Design & branding for a cyberpunk Shanghai/Melbourne-based augmented reality fashion label.
Metaverse Makeovers, Shanghai, Busan, & Melbourne, April 2013