The Glass Room is an immersive ‘tech store with a twist’ that disrupts our relationship with technology and encourages visitors to make informed choices about their online life.

At first glance, it offers the latest in digital consumer products, such as the newest tablet, fitness tracker or facial recognition software. But as visitors go inside, The Glass Room prompts reflection, experimentation, and play, and they find there is nothing for sale.

Curated by Tactical Tech and produced by Mozilla, The Glass Room, was attended by over 10,000 visitors in New York City last year. This autumn, the pop-up programme and exhibition will be hosted in central London.

Have you been profiled yet? Who finds your email irresistible? Or have you just lost sight of how much you are feeding the algorithms? At the Data Detox Bar, our trained Ingeniuses are on hand to reveal the intimate details of your current ‘data bloat’; who capitalises on it; and the simple steps to a lighter data count.

The three week programme will include talks, hands-on workshops and themed events from dating to politics. It will host 40 objects and animations with a new programme and new commissions to reflect the UK context.

For those of you who cannot make it to London, the Data Detox Kit, will be relaunched in October.

In addition, design collective La Loma, have recreated some of the key Glass Room exhibits in paper form, to bring The Glass Room Experience to your venue, exhibition space or event.

More will be announced on The Glass Room London website to be launched soon.




Have you got what it takes to become an Ingenius and staff the Data Detox Bar? Check out the Ingenius Open Call.

If you are interested in hosting your own Glass Room Experience, contact

About the Curators: Executive Director Stephanie Hankey and Creative Director Marek Tuszynski co-founded Tactical Tech in 2003. They work at the nexus of technology, politics, information, design and activism and the consequences of living in a quantified society. They are also co-founders of the creative agency Tactical Studios and co-curators of the exhibition Nervous Systems: Quantified Life and the Social Question. Stephanie Hankey is a designer and technologist; she was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship for her work as a social entrepreneur and is currently an affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Marek Tuszynski is an activist and filmmaker; his most recent documentary series for Tactical Tech, Exposing the Invisible, explores the digital tools and tactics that now enable evidence-based activism to thrive on an unprecedented scale.

About Mozilla: Mozilla is the maker of the Firefox web browser and is a non-profit organization that advocates for Internet Health. To ensure this, Mozilla builds products, technologies and programs that give people control of their online lives, so the Internet can remain a global public resource, open and accessible to all.

About Tactical Tech: Tactical Tech is a Berlin-based organisation made up of activists, technologists and  designers who work at the intersection of technology, human rights and civil liberties. In an increasingly quantified society. Tactical Tech reaches more than three million people by providing trainings, conducting research, and creating cultural interventions that contribute to the wider socio-political debate around digital security, privacy and the value and ethics of data.

The Glass Room, originally The White Room, was conceived and produced in the context of the  Nervous Systems - Quantified Life and the Social Question, an exhibition by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in collaboration with the Tactical Technology Collective, co-curated by Stephanie Hankey, Marek Tuszynski and Anselm Franke. Nervous Systems took place as part of HKW's "100 years of Now" project.


[cover photo: top left: fragment of Unintended Emissions by Bengt Sjölén & Julian Oliver & Danja Vasiliev, bottom left: fragment of The Interfaced Boarder by Joana Moll, far right: fragment of The Alphabet Empire by La Loma & Tactical Tech]