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国际部学生晋级“China Thinks Big中国大智汇创新研究挑战赛”北美总决赛报道之二——“Twister”团队参赛心得

北京市第二中学国际部 2018-09-13 08:57:04

本期继续报道China Thinks Big中国大智汇创新研究挑战赛”北京二中国际部成功晋级北美总决赛的队伍的故事,由“Twister团队”来分享参赛感想:

The follow-up report of“China Thinks Big” Competition: last time, we learned the story of the team Artimmerse.  Now let’s enjoy the story of Twister, another CTB team from BJ No.2 Middle School’s International Division qualified to the final round in the US.



Twister小队的名字,载着它所代表的付出与辉煌,已经在我们每个人心中烙下了坚实的印记。

五个月的研究时间,亦长亦短。我们无法想象,在短短的时间中,我们齐心聚力,竟然展示出了如此丰硕的成果:近22万字的英文研究报告,5版电子数据模型,2317份问卷调查,15国隐私保护条约法律研习,都汇聚成一份集科技、公共宣传和法律一体的三方保护机制,由国家、企业、用户联动,贡献隐私保护的新方案。然而,对于每一位专心致志的组员来说,五个月的时间却又是那么长。从提出构想、确定方向,到制作模型、社区试验,再到新媒体宣传、政策建言......我们的日程被密密麻麻地安排在了三四本日历上,多项工作平行开展。紧迫的时候,仿佛每一周、每一天、每一小时,都被赋予了神圣的使命。反复思考、讨论、创新,似乎模型永远还可以更普适,似乎流程还可以再简化,似乎更多人可以再关注,似乎建言可以再详细。在有限的时间里,我们的工作被无限拉长、放大,化作点点沉沁的汗水,融在每一位Twister组员的键盘、笔尖、掌上、心底。

 

Twister qualified to attend the global final of China Thinks Big competition. We congratulate Eric Hu, Selina Li and Recker Chen from Senior 2 Class 1, Henry Tong from Senior 1 Class 1, and Ilia Lin from Senior 2 Class 2 for their extraordinary achievement in finding a possible mechanism to protect families’ Internet privacy. The interdisciplinary research has received recognition from professional counterparts in China, Canada, and the US, including IBM and ZIPin. Currently, team members are working on the improvements of the prototype and organizing trials to integrate the system. They have a few words to share.

 

We can’t believe what fruitful results we have reached in a 5-month span. We wrote nearly 220 thousand words in research reports, made 5 versions of the electronic data model, assigned 2317 questionnaires, studied cases of 15 countries on privacy acts, and finally, established a tripartite privacy protection mechanism on technology, publicity, and public policy. The process may seem lengthy and boring, yet for the team members, the way of discovery is inspiring and sometimes fun. The calendar on the desk shows the passing time, urging us to fulfill our duties and commitments.

 


我们致力于解决网络时代家庭隐私的保护问题。坦诚道,这不管从学术层面来说,还是社会影响方面来讲,对于我们一组高中生来说,都是不小的挑战。从科技到人文,一路风尘,我们不愿意踩在专家成果的车上安逸前进,更不愿与空虚的口号擦肩交臂,而是自我拓展,综合前人智慧,引领创新方式:我们第一次打破常规,将原本用于比特币交易的Blockchain区块链技术应用到了信息隐私保护中;第一次用Zero Knowledge零知识证明打造了独立运营的数据传输保障体系,第一次将Data Privacy Day数据隐私保护日活动引入了中国大大小小的社区中;第一次将高中生在网络安全方面的提案呈交给人大...... 这许许多多的“第一次”幕后都存息着许许多多的风险与挑战。当人们为之惊叹,甚至质疑我们高中生研究的可行性、真实性时, 我曾经回答:‘The higher we stand, the harder we ascend.’踩着信息时代的节拍,迈着电商发展的步伐,作为人类最基本权利之一的隐私权却不断受到侵损。我们明白,只有解决这个问题,哪怕只是用户信息验证身份的一小步,才能够为互联网经济的发展提供更多可能。当我们站在聚光灯前,向其他小组和评委展示成果的那一刻,我们攻克了难关,我们赢得了挑战,我们抓住了机遇,我们回报了社会。我们尝试着把项目做到极致,也做到我们的最好。

 

We focused on protecting an individual family’s Internet Privacy. Frankly speaking, for a group of high school students, this is indeed a huge challenge. From technology to humanity, we work through all the way without break or rest. We didn’t want to simply take previous experts’ achievements as our own, nor want to simply shout out some hypocritical slogans. What we really endeavored to do is to enrich ourselves, integrate former researchers’ wisdom, and lead to an innovative method. We broke conventions of Blockchain technology and applied it to the field of data protection, utilized the Zero-knowledge concept to build up a self-oriented data transmitting system, and organized Data Privacy Day in various communities in China. We also submitted our policy recommendations to the National People’s Congress and voiced our rights to participate in the legislative process.

With the fast pace of the Information Age, and the boost of E-commerce, privacy is one of the fundamental human rights and is being overused and abused. If and only if we could solve this problem, even if it is only a small step in protecting users’ privacy, could we provide more possibilities for the safe development of Internet and many favorable opportunities for Netizens to enjoy. When we stood presenting our achievements to other teams and judges, we understood the difficulties, overcame the obstacles, seized the opportunities, and contributed the society to the best of our ability.

 


在研究的路上,每个人都在不断找寻前行的方向。在研究初期面对选题大小,我们曾经彷徨,是要覆盖全面,还是要精深致专?我们做出了我们的选择。面对许多研究项目铺天盖地,而徒有其表的宣传,我们曾经彷徨,是要早早就把我们的成果放大增加识别度,还是脚踏实地完善成果,成熟再发布?我们做出了我们的选择。面对提前提交报告的加分项目和差两个数据点接近圆满的成果报告,是匆匆提交、赚取分数、收获大奖,还是苛求高质、对研究的课题负责?我们做出了我们的选择。面对‘高中生’能够成功研发的不理解甚至怀疑,我们曾经彷徨,如此辛苦的研究是否值得?我们给出了我们的回答。面对境外公司对产品的收购意向时,我们曾经彷徨,是否应该为了利益的机会而放弃那份为家庭提供帮助,保护公民隐私的初心?我们给出了我们的回答。因为,我们坚守的,是五个月的心血,是成熟运转的模型,是筹款者支持后的希冀,是测试志愿者的鞭策鼓励,更是最纯粹的学术精神、研究精神。

 

On the path of research, each individual was looking for a direction. Facing the problem of topic selection, we were bewildered about whether it should be well-rounded or pinpointed. Once we made our choice, we hesitated about whether we should exaggerate our result for wider recognition, or perfect it step by step for reliability. Dealing with impending pressures, we questioned ourselves whether we should hurry for prizes, or be responsible for the research. Coping with all kinds of doubts, we were confused on whether this project was worth putting so much effort and passion into. Seeing the favorable offers from foreign companies, we were unsure whether we should put our own benefits ahead, or uphold our belief to serve the public. What we’ve been working for through five-months of efforts, is an advanced model with mature concepts and technologies, the hope and expectation of those fund-raisers, as well as the encouragements and criticisms of volunteers, and, most significantly, the pure determination to bring our research on the floor.

 

每个人都在不断认识自己。在这个项目中,我们不断扮演Problem-solver的角色。挑战权威, 甚至怀疑自我的时候,我们积极积聚社会力量,迸发出巨大能量。不光如此,在这样一个跨越年级、跨越学科领域的小组中,我们阐释了什么是真正的团队精神。我们互相砥砺思维,承担责任,保证研究的效率。科技、人文、条法,甚至公关、宣传,每一部分我们都有所体验、有所建树、有所收获。胡亿、童昊然、李一桠、林筱音、王云雪、王敬涵,陈乐。默念着组里每个人的名字,都使我的心中油然生发出自豪感。这不仅仅是一个比赛,更是研究价值的结晶;这不仅仅是一张奖状,而是多月对学术水平和综合素质的历练;这不仅仅是七个人的力量,更是所有志同道合朋友的努力。

 


The process of researching is a way of rediscovering. During the project, we acted as problem-solvers, demonstrating our strength and cohesiveness while constantly challenging our beliefs. Moreover, we knew what true team spirit is. We inspired each other, took responsibility and ensured efficiency of our research. For the team members, Eric Hu, Henry Tong, Selina Li, Ilia Lin, April Wang, Sophie Wang and Recker Chen, a sense of accomplishment has taken deep root in our hearts. We are proud because we achieved the academic spirit beyond what the competition acquired, and gained so much support from both friends and peers.

 


我们的研究,不会因为比赛的告一段落而轻易停止。赢得比赛,更不是Twister小队的最终目的。保持着一贯的热忱、严谨和信心,小队还将继续落实三方框架流程,推广隐私保护模型,宣传相关知识。特别地,我们荣幸地与IBM公司签署并达成了合作备忘录,从国际的更高视角来审视项目的未来发展,更好地造福家庭网络用户。我们同时与来自世界上致力于保护隐私的同行保持着沟通,交换思想,共同受益。我们坚信,在不远的未来,Twister小队将会把研究成果拓展到更高维度,更广范围,将我们的理想更好实践。Twister加油,让回忆闪光,让青春飞扬。”——童昊然及Twister

 

The end of the competition is the beginning of another journey. Winning the prize is only a tiny step. With consistent enthusiasm, focus, and confidence, Twister will focus on a privacy protection mechanism. With great honor, we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IBM, achieving an advanced perspective to view the future of our program. With their facilitation, our methods will become more stable. Meanwhile, we will continue to exchange ideas with others. We firmly believe that we will integrate our research into a broader scope. Twister, here we go!”—— Henry Tong with members of Twister

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