IN THE LOOP - FEBRUARY 2017
In the Loop is our monthly newsletter, sharing our own news as well as some of the stories we've tweeted in the last month.
Tactical Tech releases, events, and press
“The Glass Room is hands-down the most creative, interesting, and effective exploration of issues around internet health I have ever seen.” – Baratunde Thurston, futurist comedian, writer, cultural critic
We, at the Tactical Technology Collective, would like to express our sincerest thanks to the people of New York City for helping to make The Glass Room NYC a resounding success. Together with our partners at Mozilla, we were fortunate to host nearly 10,000 participants at The Glass Room NYC in just over 2 weeks during November/December 2016. With 26 workshops, 16 events, 18 special guest events, 29 immersive art installations, and the interactive Data Detox Bar, The Glass Room gave participants a chance to look into their online life. The intervention, located in NYC’s Nolita district, was able to make a significant and lasting impact on the ongoing discussions around digital privacy, control of personal data, the challenges of big data, and the health of the Internet.
We’d like to give a special thanks to our InGenius team, who were the beating heart of The Glass Room with their daily engagement in guiding participants through the space. We’d like to thank Mozilla for their partnership and dedication in supporting The Glass Room project, as well as all contributing artists and speakers who brought The Glass Room to life. Check out The Glass Room’s project page to see the full list of contributers. We want to thank you all for your tireless efforts in making The Glass Room NYC possible.
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Tactical Tech is excited to announce the release of the Holistic Security Trainers' Manual. It provides security trainers and facilitators with best practices for security trainings, stand-alone workshop session plans, and a complete holistic security curriculum.
Download the Trainers’ Manual here.
Our Exposing the Invisible project investigated the movement of people between roles at Google and roles in public institutions. Find the full report here.
The Me and My Shadow project released a brand new data and privacy curricula, including training materials online to support privacy champions, educators, awareness raisers and trainers in preparing workshops and public presentation plans. The curriculum includes lesson activities and full workshop contents on topics ranging from secure messaging, social media platforms, tool and services, to debate and role-play exercises. Whether you’re a trainer, educator or simply interested in how to teach people around you about digital shadows, you can find the curriculum modules here.
Me and My Shadow and its materials are now available in Arabic.
Want to know what your browser knows about you? In January, the findings of a joint data investigation project between Tactical Tech and Share Lab were published. Find our the full investigation on the power of browser tracking here.
We are currently hiring consultants who would be interested in being included on our roster. Visit our jobs page for details.
Tactical Tech organized a Start Up Meeting for the upcoming Gender and Technology Institute (GTI) in Asia. The meeting held in Colombo featured 12 women activists, technologists and journalists from across the region to provide insight into the state of women activists and rights
defenders in Asia.
The outcomes of this meeting will feed into the design of the GTI happening in Asia the end of April. Our Call for Participation for GTI Asia in is now open. Apply here!
Maya Ganesh was on a panel at CPDP 2017 (Computers, Privacy and Data
Protection), on ALGORITHMIC GENDER DISCRIMINATION, SEXISM AND DATA
(IN)EQUALITIES chaired by Antoinette Rouvroy. Maya spoke about machine learning, natural language
processing and what this means for addressing online harassment, which
is a focus of our Gender and Tech project.
A recording of the panel can be found here.
As part of #PrivacyCamp17, Fieke Jansen spoke on a panel discussion looking at security and privacy within the Internet of Things (IoT). The panel discussed technical and political solutions of IoT devices and interfaces, as well as surveillance, legislative approaches and security education. #PrivacyCamp17 is the annual forerunner to the Computer, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) conference.
The Glass Room NYC received tremendously positive media coverage from local NYC, US national, and international press, including:
New York Times Magazine, The New Yorkers, Vogue US, Forbes, Motherboard (Vice), WNYC, CNBC, Engadget, Adweek, Bloomberg, Fast Company, Gothamist, Digital Trends and many more.
Check out the press page for a full list and links of The Glass Room NYC’s media coverage.
“The Glass Room is hands-down the most creative, interesting, and effective exploration of issues around internet health I have ever seen… I want to see The Glass Room everywhere there is an Apple Store… And anyone founding or working for a tech company should have to prove they’ve gone through this space and understood its meaning.”
- Baratunde Thurston, Data & Society – Points
“To move through the Glass Room...was to be reminded of the many ways we unwittingly submit ourselves and one another to unnecessary surveillance, with devastating consequences… I left the Glass Room invigorated by the ways artists are exploring the dark side of our digital footprint.”
- Jenna Wortham, The New York Times Magazine
“If The Glass Room made anything clear, it is that technology is the dominant force for change in the world right now. It is affecting our jobs, our home lives, our relationships, our environment, and even our bodies… Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go clear my browsing history.”
- Dan Costa, PCMag
Stories we've found interesting in the past month
Digital security researcher @thegrugq wrote a guide on Twitter activism with the hope it will help reduce the personal risks to individuals while empowering their ability to act safely.
Cory Doctorow looks at the rise of networked political movements and finds new weaknesses and strengths. Read his opinion piece here.
A look the workings of Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Group, and its global reach. The Medium article can be found here.
Read up on Mozilla’s take on what’s helping (and what’s hurting) our world’s largest shared resource here.
The Coral Project looks at how removing anonymity fails to improve online community behavior. Read the full article here.
Check out how Amnesty International uses micro-tasking, the process of splitting a large job into smaller tasks, for their human rights research and how they first tested these methods on their biggest dataset: the urgent actions archive. Full article on exposingtheinvisible.org.