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Smashing visitor expectations: the glass room leaves london with a greater awareness about data privacy
Far exceeding our expectations, over 19000 visitors came to The Glass Room to find out about big data and how it is harvested, traded and sold every day. Following on from the exhibition in New York last year, The Glass Room London saw an even greater response to the issues we face as a society: issues of data collection, monopoly of power and diminishing privacy in our digital lives. A packed events programme broadened the dialogue surrounding the exhibition including talks from authors, lawyers, journalists, policy advocates, filmmakers and artists. We’ll be following up with a detailed report including how the public reacted, footage from the talks and a wrap up of summary of the 19 days.
Didn’t make it to the glass room? you can still have a look around
The entire exhibit, including descriptions, can now be seen from you sofa.
The data detox kit is launched online
The Data Detox Kit was designed alongside The Glass Room as a playful antidote to some of the concerns and issues that are presented there. In less than half an hour every day, over the course of eight days, you can slim down your data bloat with easy, practical steps. Now available as an online resource, data detoxing has never been so easy. Have a go.
Uneasy listening: the underused art of sonifying data to tell stories of social injustices
We contributed a chapter to the 11th magazine produced by La Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile's Design School. The magazine is available in both Spanish and English. Read the entire magazine here.
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A visitor’s perspective
“It’s always nice to take away a little artifact from an exhibition, but in The Glass Room it serves as a reminder, a ticket to freedom and protection.” Read Sophia Lee’s insightful perspective on what she thought of The Glass Room. (Medium)
The eight-day guide to a better digital life
The BBC tried out our new Data Detox Kit and here’s what they found out. (BBC)
Coverage of the glass room
Read, watch and listen to what was said with coverage from: Channel 4 News The Darker Side of Data Privacy, Design Week The Glass Room Exhibition Uncovering the Hidden Side of Our Online Lives, BBC Radio 4 You & Yours, New Scientist and many more. See the full list here.
Stuff we're reading
Stories we've found interesting in the past month
Tactical tech thursdays: kcrw radio, berlin
Following the recently discovered “key reinstallation attack” or “KRACK”, Digital Security Coordinator Rose Regina Lawrence (Tactical Tech) and Data Scientist Varoon Bashyakarla (Tactical Tech) talk about how the attacks work, and what measures users can take.
The motherboard guide to not getting hacked
Do you want to stop criminals from getting into your Gmail or Facebook account? Are you worried about the cops spying on you? Motherboard have all the answers on how to protect yourself. (Motherboard)
Weaken from within
Moscow has been honing an information age art of war—through fake news, disinformation, leaks, and trolling—for more than a decade. How can free societies protect themselves? (New Republic)
Paradise papers: who’s in the leak of offshore secrets
The Paradise Papers have shed new light on the murky world of offshore finance, revealing the arcane schemes used by the world’s wealthiest individuals and corporations.
The tech industry’s gender-discrimination problem
The dramatic imbalance in pay and power has created the conditions for abuse. More and more, women are pushing for change. (New Yorker)
Should we teach facial recognition technology about race?
If you teach an algorithm about race, does it make it racist? (Wired)
Uk surveillance agencies face surveillance claims in european court
Civil rights groups bring first major legal challenge since Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revelations. (The Guardian)
The alphabet empire / behind the map
One of the most popular exhibits in The Glass Room, Alphabet Empire visualises all of the companies that Alphabet (Google) has invested in or acquired. Here you can see how it's made. (La Loma)
Review: eu gdpr documentation toolkit
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) aims to strengthen data protection for all individuals within the EU (citizens and residents). Before it becomes enforceable from 25 May 2018, companies all over the world are figuring out how to adapt their systems and processes. (Help Net Security)
Get lost in this visualization of interconnected global issues
Read about how different tools chart the interactions between dozens of industries, countries, and issues that shape the world. (Wired)