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september 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 news and events (7)

Tactical Tech releases, events, and press

releases (3)
BE AN INGENIUS FOR THE GLASS ROOM LONDON


The Ingenius is the glue that holds The Glass Room together. We're recruiting individuals who we can train up with tech, privacy and data skills in order to support The Glass Room exhibition (coming to London in October 2017). As an Ingenius you'd receive four days of training before carrying out a series of shifts in The Glass Room where you'd be on hand to answer questions, give advice, run workshops, and get people excited about digital security.

INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH US?

We're currently recruiting for three full-time payroll positions:
Project Coordinator Politics of Data
Project Coordinator Exposing the Invisible
Systems Operations and Development Position

MY SHADOW RESOURCES TRANSLATED INTO SPANISH


Some of the key resources from our Me and My Shadow project have been made available in Spanish.

events (3)
THE GLASS ROOM EXPERIENCE AT THE V&A DIGITAL DESIGN WEEKEND, LONDON AND TECHFESTIVAL, COPENHAGEN



During London's Design Festival, on 23 and 24 September, we'll be setting up a mobile version of The Glass Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum, complete with a Data Detox Bar. Do you feel your digital self slipping out of control? Installed too many apps? Clicked “I agree” too many times? Visit us and find out from the Ingenius team how you can take back control of your digital self.
See the full programme here.

On 5 September, we were also at the Techfestival in Kødbyen showcasing The Glass Room Experience in a shipping container.

DIGITAL SHIFT, ZURICH



At the next Digital Shift on 20 September, Gabi Sobliye will be contributing to the discussion around Truth as a Luxury, where she'll share her knowledge on investigation techniques. Gabi will be joined by Oliver Reichenstein of Information Architects and Peter Exinger, a media critic at the Swiss Ringier AG media group.

DAS IST NETZPOLITIK! BERLIN



On 1 September, Maya Ganesh spoke at the annual Das ist Netzpolitik! where she presented new work on 'big data and discrimination'. This is part of our forthcoming essay collection See(n) Through Machines, to be published at the end of September.

press and media (1)
REFLECTIONS ON THE DATA INVESTIGATION CAMP



In July this year, over 50 participants came together for our Data Investigation Camp in Montenegro, organised in collaboration with Share Lab. Three of those participants have written follow-up blog posts: Natalie Widmann works for Huridocs using maching learning and data science to strengthen human rights defenders; Zara Rahman is a research lead at the Engine Room, with an interest in power, culture and technology; and Gabriela Rodriguez works at the intersection of data, journalism, and social justice. Here you can read the posts from Natalie, Zara and Gabriela (in Spanish).

stuff we're reading (10)

Stories we've found interesting in the past month

activism (4)
IS THERE ANY POINT TO PROTESTING?



A critique of the protest as a modern day method of initiating sustainable change. (New Yorker)

INDIA: RIGHT TO PRIVACY A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT, SAYS SUPREME COURT IN UNANIMOUS VERDICT



A nine judge bench of the Supreme Court in New Delhi has ruled that Indians have a fundamental right to privacy which is protected and upheld by the Indian constitution. This overules verdicts given in the M.P. Sharma case in 1958 and the Kharak Singh case in 1961, both of which said that the right to privacy is not protected under the Indian constitution.
An overview (The Wire)
An anaylysis (Hindustan Times)
A privacy perspective (Atlantic)

DATA-HUCKSTERS BEWARE - ONLINE PRIVACY IS MAKING A COMEBACK



Next May, an EU regulation will enshrine the protection of personal data into law and not even Brexit is going to stop it. (The Guardian)

HOW I REPLICATED AN $86 MILLION PROJECT IN 57 LINES OF CODE



See
how a UK designer/developer managed to design a vehicle-mounted license plate scanner to detect theft. The same prototype has recently been developed by the Victoria (Australia) police at the cost of $86 million. (Free Code Camp)

provocation (4)
WHY HAVEN'T REPORTERS MASS-ADOPTED SECURE TOOLS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH SOURCES?



An article investigating why the uptake of secure communication tools have not been more widespread among the US journalist community. (Slate)

WHO OWNS THE INTERNET?



A critique of big tech's influence on our online and offline culture. (New Yorker)

HAVE SMARTPHONES DESTROYED A GENERATION?



More comfortable on their phones than out partying, and thus physically safer then ever before, but are the post-Millennials on the brink of a mental health crisis? (The Atlantic)

THE LAWYERS TAKING ON SILICON VALLEY SEXISM



From Google to Uber, these sisters are fighting back against sexism across the tech giant industry. (The Guardian)

illumination (2)
THIS ARTIST IS ON A MISSION TO BECOME A LIVING, BREATHING AMAZON ALEXA



Alexa, Siri, and Cortana have a new competitor. Meet Lauren.  (Co Design)

ENVIRONMENT ACTIVISTS TRY TO BREAK WORLD RECORD WITH THIS COLOSSAL 3D BODY PAINTING PICTURE



A world record attempt by Reef Calender, along with body painter Gabriela Hajek-Renner, aims to raise awareness to the underwater environment. (Design You Trust)