13 May 2022 – From a competitive pool of 1,178 applicants, dtac selected 200 young people to participate in a three-week Young Safe Internet Leader Cyber Camp. Delivered via the Metaverse, the camp invited participants into a Cybersecurity Sandbox where they developed innovations for public good. Five of the best teams were declared winners for their brilliant and practical projects. These winners were:
1. Ailurus Team: Website That Prevents “Negative Digital Footprint” and Heals Users with Art
This web application is designed for users to vent their frustrations without having to worry about leaving a negative digital footprint. On the application, a user can type whatever they want, and his/her message is viewable to no one. Moreover, the application turns users’ pained words into artistic pictures to transform their heavy feelings into something positive. Designed to minimize the impact of cyberbullying, the app also has the option to browse inspirational quotes, sports, and books that share laughs and useful tips.
2. Don’t Leave the Door Open Team: Innovation for Greater Awareness of Popular Platforms’ Terms and Conditions & Prevention of Personal-Data Leak
As many as 92 per cent of people do not read multi-page terms and conditions, instructions, and manuals of platforms they are using because reading will take more than an hour. The team’s innovation, PS Tac, helps people understand terms and conditions better by rearranging the information display, thereby becoming smarter and safer on the internet.
3. Dr.pla Team: Hub of Help, Free from Fraudsters
Donations often flow into the wrong hands because fraudsters pretend to be people in need of help. And as most donors usually donate just a small sum, they don’t often do adequate due diligence. Dr.pla Team, however, promises to ensure that donations really go to deserving recipients by compiling accurate information for donors. Fraudsters have no place on the team’s “Termtem” website. Termtem focuses on individuals – charity organizations are not a key target market – who need help. Everyone is subject to background checks that also include reviews by their communities and people in the know. Those who have passed the background check can post their name, bank account and other information to get help.
4. dtac Deejai Team: Metaverse Game Simulating City of Professionals Who Have to Fend Off Cyberattacks
A 2021 survey by the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) revealed that Gen Z are the most active social media users. But the more time they spend online, the bigger risks they face of cyberattacks. dtac Deejai team is proud to present a Metaverse Game that simulates the lives of YouTubers, graphic designers, and online sellers to help familiarize gamers with how to fend off cyberattacks. The young game creators say they have chosen to develop their simulated city on the Metaverse because it is the ideal space for such simulated gameplay. This engaging, cutting-edge platform looks set to grow in the future.
5. Klua Sia Form Loei Yom Sia Ther (Losing You to Save My Face) Team: “Tuenjai” Bot That Detects Fake Websites
The creators of “Tuenjai Bot” told dtac Safe Internet that 86.6 per cent of 580 netizens surveyed do not check whether a URL link is safe before clicking. And so they developed the chatbot Tuenjai to embed in chat applications and detect fake websites. Upon detecting a malicious URL link in a chat, this chatbot issues prompt and helpful alerts to the user.
With a total of Bt400,000 set aside by dtac as prize money this year, the five winning teams each received Bt80,000. They will also receive further coaching from dtac to help them launch their brilliant innovations for wider use.
The results of the contest were determined by a panel of four experts: Taweewat Chantaraseno, Managing Director of Cisco Systems (Thailand) Company Limited; Kalaya Kovidvisith, Co-Founder of FabCafe Bangkok, Creative Digital Hub; Chitpong Kittinaradorn, Social Innovation Specialist at Change Fusion; and Rachaya Kulnapongse, Head of Sustainability at Total Access Communication Public Company Limited or dtac. The judging panel appraised the teams based on the innovativeness of their concept, the skills of the team, the feasibility of their ideas, expected benefits, and growth potential or impact in the long run.
The contest also identified five other innovative projects that received an honorable mention:
1. 8Sahai84000Cells: Connecting Biometric Technology to Medical & Healthcare Industry
This team seeks to integrate fingerprint authentication with healthcare by enabling a quick display of patients’ or victims’ health information by using their fingerprint scan. Short for Medical Intelligent Scan, the MIS chatbot aims to facilitate the operations of rescue workers and volunteers, and could prove critical in cases where the patient or victim is unconscious or has passed away. To uphold data privacy, this innovation will prevent screen captures of data retrieved from hospitals, social-security systems, insurance firms, and police stations.
2. CyberGOAT: Explore Cybersecurity Content via a 3D Game
“Go! Go! Cyber Boy” is an educational application. Developed as a 3D game, the app brings users on a journey to several islands. Each island is a learning station about cyberthreats that teaches users how to protect themselves. For example, one station teaches gamers how to distinguish between real websites and fake ones before challenging them to pick the correct answers. There is also a station devoted to safe passwords. Another station, meanwhile, focuses on fake news, with app users required to take a quick test after exploring its content. To ensure easy accessibility, this application is compatible with smartphones and tablets. With its interesting content, it is perfect not just for youth but also various other audience groups, such as corporate offices whose staff need training in cyber risks.
3. Secure Security Society (SSS): NFT Certificates for Keen Participants
Youthkub’s tagline is “Setting up safe and proper foundations for children and youth to create art that nurtures society”. It’s a comprehensive platform for people who are keen to get event updates and join them, with upgraded security features that allow users to check event organizers’ information in detail. Importantly, Youthkub also issues NFT certificates to event participants. Thanks to blockchain technology, such certificates are protected from forgery.
4. Kab kab: “Cyberpath” Quiz on Cybersecurity Strengths & Weaknesses
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all have greater awareness of cybersecurity issues? Web application “CyberPath” presents a quiz that helps determine players’ cybersecurity strengths and weaknesses. The app also gives tips and tricks to improve on users’ weak points, all in all enabling safe internet use for more people.
5. Nam Lai Fai Dood: Anti-Phishing Software
In 2020, as many as 247,621 people fell prey to phishing websites in Thailand. Nam Lai Fai Dood’s young members therefore developed “PhishFiona” in hopes of protecting everyone from phishing scams. Upon installation, this software checks every URL, identifies fraudulent links and reports them. Better still, this app has a feature for people with visual impairment. The young developers said, “We believe our software will reduce the number of phishing victims by 70 per cent or by 173,000.”
Young Safe Internet Leaders spent more than 504 hours on the Metaverse, in dtac’s so-called Cybersecurity Sandbox. In the sandbox, young participants brainstormed ideas and developed their projects with their peers. Thanks to the help of their coaches, they were also exposed to startup-like work process through which they engaged in team matching, design thinking, Business Model Canvas, and pitching. At the end of the project, they had to present their creations to judges on Demo Day.