Tactical Tech news and events
Tactical Tech releases, events, and press
New project launch: our data our selves
Our Data Our Selves is a multi-faceted initiative that exposes the political consequences of data-driven societies. Anchored around three themes, Data and Activism, Data and Politics, and Data and You, Tactical Tech investigates how digital technologies fuelled by our data shape political engagement and impact our civil liberties, providing guidance for the future of our societies.
Efficiency and madness: using data and technology to solve social, environmental and political problems
The recently published essay 'Efficiency and Madness', written by Tactical Tech's co-founders, Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski, and published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, examines the idea of 'technofixes' - digital technologies and data that are being relied upon to solve the world’s biggest problems. It's presented as a call to action, so that we may find new ways of thinking about data-driven technologies and understand how they are changing societies. Download a free PDF version here.
Internet freedom festival
Tactical Tech are excited to be taking part in this year's Internet Freedom Festival, the annual meet up to fight censorship and surveillance. Members of our team will be contributing with sessions on online gender-based violence, feminist infastructures, workflow practices, adult learning, and mapping policing technologies. To see the full programme visit their website here. Details: March 5-8, Valencia, Spain
Sonic insolence/auditory fabulation: a talk by pedro oliveira, hosted by tactical tech
In the second event of Tactical Tech's pop-up series, sound artist and researcher, Pedro Oliveira, will explore the political possibilities of sound, looking into what types of knowledge can be learned from and produced by listening to the world as a decolonising practice? Details: Tuesday, March 20, 19:00 - 20:30, ACUD MACHT NEU Studio, Veteranenstraße 21, Admission Free
The glass room experience at the university of gloucestershire, uk
Running alongside the Digiknow event, The Glass Room Experience was set up in the university library by one of the London Ingeniuses, complete with Data Detox Kits and an Ingenius workshop on how to 'Boost Your Browser'. Find out more about The Glass Room Experience or even host your own. Details: February, University of Gloucestershire library, UK
Liberties rewired: tech-info bazaar
We were delighted to be part of the Liberties Rewired event in Berin last month, which investigated self-determination in our increasingly quantified society. Tactical Tech's Digital Security Coordinator, Rose Regina Lawrence, spoke alongside CryptoParty, Syrian Archive, Daphne Dragona, Manu Luksch and Jack Wolf. Details: Friday February 23, Volksbüehne, Berlin
Incentivizing censorship at crypto party slovenia
Tactical Tech's Senior Editor, Arikia Milikan, gave a talk called Incentivizing Censorship, looking into how surveillance business models degrade online media. Cryptoparty Slovenia is a project of Citizens D, which focuses on digital rights, media literacy and active citizenship. Details: Thursday March 1, 18:00 – 18:15, Slovenia
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Data detox kit featured in el pais
An El Pais journalist has had a spring clean of their data. Find out how it went. (El Pais, in Spanish)
Towards an emancipatory understanding of widespread datafiction
Data and Society researcher Katrin Sophie wrote a great piece about using art for technology activism, featuring artworks from The Glass Room - 'Unfit Bits' by Tega Brain and Surya Mattu, and 'Data Production labour' by Manuel Beltrán. (Medium)
Data detox kit featured on about:blank youtube channel
Florian Prokop, presenter of a channel dedicated to net neutrality, is filmed going through each day of the Data Detox Kit (in German).
Stuff we're reading
Stories we've found interesting in the past month
Tech thursdays: kcrw radio berlin
Anyone who uses a smartphone or computer will regularly access password-protected websites and services, but few of us are opting to add a second level of verification beyond usernames and passwords. Tactical Tech's Digital Security Coordinator, Rose Regina Lawrence, encourages users to consider adding two-factor authentication, or 2FA, to their accounts. (KCRW Berlin)
We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads
Watch this TED talk from techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci about how the powerful might use AI to control us - and what we can do in response. (Ted)
Google must be stopped before it becomes an ai monopoly
We should start thinking now about how to build an antitrust regime that will preserve several companies’ robust AI assistants. (Wired)
Top researchers write 100-page report warning about ai threat to humanity
26 researchers from 14 organisations compiled a sweeping report on the dangers posed by malicious superhuman artificial intelligence. (Motherboard)
How to turn off facebook's recognition features
If you've seen a message recently in your News Feed about Facebook's face recognition features, here's what it means and why you might have opted in without realising it. (Wired)
The city that remembers everything
The smart city is moving beyond cameras and microphones to stranger surveillance tools.
And here's another article from Atlantic about Toronto as an experiment for the google smart city. (The Atlantic)
Telefonica launches 'aura' voice assistant in 6 countries
Spanish mobile operator Telefonica on Sunday launched a voice-activated assistant, called ‘Aura’, in six countries, using artificial intelligence to interact with its customers. (Reuters)
Revealed: us spy operation that manipulates social media
The US Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda. (The Guardian)
As peter thiel ditches silicon valley for la, locals tout conservative renaissance
The outspoken libertarian’s departure is a sign of the times, say LA conservatives, as Silicon Valley faces criticism for silencing alternative viewpoints. (The Guardian) Have you read Tactical Tech's article on the discovery of Peter Thiel's secret citizenship from our Exposing the Invisible project?
The tyranny of convenience
Given the growth of convenience — as an ideal, as a value, as a way of life — it is worth asking what our fixation with it is doing to us and to our country. (New York Times)
10 breakthrough technologies 2018
Dueling neural networks. Artificial embryos. AI in the cloud. Here's the annual list from Technology Review of the 10 technology advances they think will shape the way we work and live now and for years to come. (MIT Technology Review)
Why do google, airbnb, and pinterest all have such similar logos?
Why do so many tech companies’ logos look the same? From Google and Airbnb to Spotify and Pinterest, these companies have gradually shifted their branding from idiosyncratic typefaces to remarkably similar sans-serif fonts. Branding experts have their say. (Fast Co Design)
The promises, challenges, and futures of media literacy
This report from Monica Bulger and Patrick Davison addresses the “fake news” problem by evaluating the successes and failures of recent media literacy efforts. (Data Society)
Do you really know who's tracking your every move?
The question you have to ask yourselves is, why would a gaming app need to know your location? With so many unknown sources knowing your whereabouts, do the benefits of GPS outweigh the risks? (Hackernoon)
Motherboard meets with Matt Mitchell, the founder of CryptoHarlem. (Motherboard)