Why nominated: Influence can come in many forms and dimensions, sometimes it’s one on one and other times it’s to a huge audience. In the case of James Plouffe it is both. As a technical advisor for the former USA Network television show Mr. Robot he had a massive platform to inform people on the dangers of hacking by making sure the show was technically accurate and offering up some real-life experiences – such as when he used Stagefright – as plot fodder. However, he is also just as well-known for spreading his knowledge in much smaller domains.
Profile: Over the last year Plouffe has continued his mission on Mr. Robot using the show as a platform to bring the reality of the dangers of poor cybersecurity and what can be done by a few truly dedicated hackers to a broad audience. He cites the playwright Edward Albee who is credited as having said, “the function of art is to bring people into greater touch with reality ...” and James hopes Mr. Robot accomplishes that by having the show is tackle cybersecurity issues that are relevant to the general public.
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