Online Harassment of Politically-Active Women: An Overview
In this overview we analyse the challenges faced by politically-active women who are using digital technologies to express themselves, politically organise or carry out their work.
Whether in meeting rooms or in demonstrations, holding online debates or organizing campaigns women use technology to re-imagine and co-create just, inclusive and equal societies. However, the very same technologies put women under risks and threats while trying to achieve their goals, spread their word and leave their mark.
This website provides practical tools to navigate digital security and privacy from a gender perspective, learn from each other’s activism, inspire one another and co-create. While doing so the website poses a critical debate around maintaining our safety and wellbeing in a world where technology companies capitalize on our attention and data, and the government institutions are short of providing adequate protection and remedies.
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In this overview we analyse the challenges faced by politically-active women who are using digital technologies to express themselves, politically organise or carry out their work.
Caroline Sinders explains how machine learning is already changing product design and software and how this might impact ethics and the agency of humans.
Kate J. Sim examines how the prevailing cultural notion of sexual assault survivors as liars, and the widely held belief of technological objectivity, converge to instruct the design of anti-rape technologies.
Tactical Tech is opening a year-long volunteer opportunity for an individual who would like to learn more about sustainable digital technologies and support our international reaching work and join our team in the Berlin-based office.
Tactical Tech is looking for a motivated junior DevSecOps specialist who is willing to learn and actively collaborate with our IT and tech team.
In this training series, experts in the field will provide you with skills, tools and best practices in digital security.
Apply to join our two-week online Summer School organised by Tactical Tech’s Influence Industry Project and Exposing the Invisible project over 6 half days between the 18th - 29th July 2022.
Tactical Tech is looking for partners to collaborate with the What the Future Wants (WTFW), a project that aims to put young people in the driving seat of their digital futures and enable them to think critically and proactively about the digital environment they want to live.
Between life hacks, news, and inspiration, not all the information you consume online is equal. How can you know who to trust? Check out this new guide from our Data Detox Kit, adapted from the Digital Enquirer Kit!
Are you a journalist/media professional from the European Union interested in enhancing your training expertise and workshop design and development skills? Apply for this free 'Exposing the Invisible' course by 15th March!
A new article from Exposing the Invisible: The Kit provides an introductory journey intended for anyone with an interest in listening – rather than just hearing – and using sound as evidence when researching and investigating the surrounding environment.
Our Exposing the Invisible project is looking for a professional facilitator of Training of Trainers (ToT) workshops to deliver online ToT sessions to EU-based journalists and other media professionals. Apply by 24th February!
Building on content from our Digital Enquirer Kit, learn how to conduct a reverse image search to verify a photo’s origins on the internet in this Data Detox Kit article!
How can you be sure that what you see on apps like Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and WhatsApp is reliable? Explore visual information with a new guide from our Data Detox Kit, adapted from the Digital Enquirer Kit!
Explore how to use local or digital libraries and archives more efficiently, and take an in-depth look into their possibilities and resources with a new guide from Exposing the Invisible: The Kit!
Take a look at this new case-based guide on how to critically “read” and use maps for investigation, resistance and more, from Exposing the Invisible: The Kit.
Our 'Exposing the Invisible' project is looking for consultants from the European Union who have training and curriculum expertise in the field of investigation, research and data exploration. Learn more and apply by 21.12!
Tactical Tech is looking for a committed and engaged person interested in learning and growing while using their professional skills within our Development team. Apply by January 16th!
What are the persuasive design and 'dark patterns' that keep us hooked to our phones? The Unboxing Tech Toolkit, developed by the Pranava Institute alongside young people in India, is a youth workbook about how technology can tune our behavior, emotions and attention, and importantly, what can be done about it.
The Glass Room presents Capsule 2.0, 'Nothing Personal?', our latest showcase of digital objects, both old and new. This second capsule explores how technologies are designed, branded and engineered to collect deeply personal data and influence our real-time behaviours.
Tactical Tech is looking for a committed and engaged individual to join our Data and Politics team as a Project Coordinator.
A new Data Detox Kit guide, adapted from content from our Digital Enquirer Kit, explains how to avoid falling for tricky URLs.
We are excited to present Tactical Tech's first ever podcast series, from our Exposing the Invisible project, in which experienced investigators discuss what drives them and the methods they use. Listen now!
The first two modules of our Digital Enquirer Kit, tackling the theme of misinformation, are now available on the free Atingi platform, with more modules and translations coming soon. Sign up now!
Our Executive Director and co-founder Stephanie Hankey, along with other experts, spoke to NPR about the implications of billions of people worldwide relying on WhatsApp - listen to the full podcast!
Good stories are relatable: they speak to the reader. Stories that have data at the centre are no different. Find out how to make numbers resonate with the reader in this new article from our Exposing the Invisible project!
Tactical Tech is offering an internship position for a student or a junior professional to assist The Glass Room project in preparing materials and supporting partners globally in organising events for their communities.
The digital media sphere is thriving in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Americas. Crucially, many “new digitals” are collaborating with each other - find out more with this list of initiatives from our Exposing the Invisible project.
Our Executive Director and co-founder Stephanie Hankey responds to Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen's testimony and argues that, when it comes to social media and young people: "it's Big Tech that needs to grow up".
Climate disasters are often described as 'natural' phenomena, only remotely fuelled by carbon emissions. This article from Exposing the Invisible explores pathways for investigating climate disasters and how - or whether - communities can adapt to them.
We are looking for a highly committed and experienced Project Coordinator for a group of projects under the key theme 'Online Influence and Opinion'. Read more and apply by October 5th!
From the tech boom to tech backlash, our understanding of the digital has become both deeply personal and deeply political. Two major Glass Room exhibitions tackling these themes are taking place in The Netherlands, in Leeuwarden and Amsterdam.
Detox de Datos Latinx is a social media campaign and project for young people in Latin America and the Caribbean to educate their peers about data and technology, based on our Data Detox x Youth.
'Technologies of Hope & Fear' looks at a curated selection of 100 technologies developed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This interactive research project allows you to explore the narratives of these pandemic products, the companies behind them - and the 'new normal' to which they aspire.
Our Exposing the Invisible project is hosting an online conference from 2nd-6th August to celebrate the people, initiatives & techniques that make investigation accessible. Attendance is free - register by 31st July!
Over the past year, our Data & Activism project has released five chapters full of playful exercises for civil society organisers, which have now been combined into the complete Organiser's Activity Book.
Working with data comes with risks. This four-step guide from our Data & Activism project is designed to help individuals, NGOs and other civil society actors create their own Data Policy.
You can’t trust everything you read, see or hear. Learn from a practitioner what it means to fact-check every piece of information you find and intend to use in this latest chapter of Exposing the Invisible: The Kit.
Never investigate alone. Collaboration is essential to your safety, well-being and effectiveness as an investigator, no matter the context. This guide from Exposing the Invisible: The Kit will help you plan, organise and run your collaboration with investigators, sources and others.
In our Annual Report 2020, you can read about our activities and successes across each of our projects last year, as well as who we are as an organisation and how we responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our Exposing the Invisible project is looking for a short-term podcast producer to help create a series of brief, inspiring and informative podcasts.
The final part of our Data & Politics series on Medium looks at campaign apps around the 2021 election in Uganda, in cooperation with The App Analyst.
How was a mobile phone shop in Vietnam able to access personal data from voters in Ghana? The third part of our Data & Politics series on Medium looks at campaign apps in the 2020 Ghanaian election.
The Glass Room presents Capsule 1.0, a quarterly showcase of digital objects - old and new - from previous Community Edition series, independent investigations and collaborations. This first capsule explores how our phone numbers, face prints and personal data travel from our smartphones to different third-party organisations.
Civil society organisers rely on personal data and data-driven tactics to support individuals and groups. Find out about the importance of a data policy in this latest article from our Data & Activism project.
The second in this series of articles on Medium from our Data & Politics project looks at how the 'appification' of nearly every aspect of our lives has spread to politics, elections and issue campaigning.
Our Data and Politics project has released an updated version of The Influence Industry Long List, with 500 companies working with personal data to support political campaigns, from digital campaign consultants to data brokers.
A new chapter of Exposing the Invisible: The Kit looks at how combining different openly available information sources can lead to meaningful results in your investigation, using what is known as open source intelligence.
Finding and gathering information is essential to any investigation, but not all data sets are created equal. This new chapter of Exposing the Invisible: The Kit includes descriptions of common file types, methods for gathering data, and a how-to guide on converting your data into a format more easily analysed by computer programs.
We are looking for experienced Researchers/Writers with a strong understanding of digital investigative techniques, to help create written learning materials to train journalists, human rights defenders, and civil society on leading investigations, particularly in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, MENA, and Southeast Asia.
What do young people need to know about artificial intelligence (AI) in order to use it responsibly and make informed decisions? Our co-founder Stephanie Hankey spoke to the Goethe-Institut about the need for educational institutions and civil society to join forces to promote digital literacy.
Tactical Tech is seeking partners to work with us to deliver a new project that explores the topics of European youth, technology, culture and critical thinking based on our award-winning project The Glass Room.
Join us for a free four-week online Investigative Training Institute from 4th - 31st May 2021! You will learn from and collaborate with civil society investigators across the European Union to develop skills and techniques for secure investigations and digital research. Applications close 28th March.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new report 'Personal Data and the Influence Industry in Nigerian Elections' in partnership with CDD West Africa, which highlights techniques and technologies used by political actors in recent campaigns in Nigeria.
In this chapter of the Organiser's Activity Book, discover what types of personal data are created during online events. Learn about the tools that are available to host online events; the differences in how they work; and their risks and benefits.
Tactical Tech’s Data & Politics Team is excited to announce that the Swedish Postcode Foundation will support our latest initiative to create transparency on the use of personal data in political campaigns and the surrounding influence industry.
When you Google your name, you'll likely find a whole range of digital traces: do you want the world to find everything you've ever put online? A new Data Detox Kit article explains how to curate your online identity and accounts.
Check out this updated visualisation of the data you give away when you click 'I Agree', with key phrases from the terms and conditions of popular apps and services.
Our Data & Politics team has teamed up with The App Analyst to explore the personal data collected by election campaign apps. Read more on Medium - or nominate an app for analysis!
You may already know that airplanes, fast fashion and factory farming are harmful to the environment, but have you ever considered the carbon footprint of watching videos or sending emails? Find out more in a new chapter of the Data Detox Kit!
Together with partners from across the globe, Data & Politics' flagship report and guide 'Personal Data: Political Persuasion. Inside the Influence Industry' is now available in Arabic, Hausa, Khmer, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.
If Europe’s elections are to remain contests of campaigns’ political ideas and not of their digital strategies, the systemic challenges to democracy must not be overlooked by the fires of the present moment. Varoon Bashyakarla from our Data & Politics team writes for the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
In order to investigate the 'Influence Industry' in different contexts and countries, our Data & Politics project has partnered with a diverse range of organisations and individuals in the Global South. Find out more about the work these partners do.
You’ve identified and collected information that may serve as evidence in your investigation. What next? Learn how to analyse and verify it as well as how to evaluate your information sources in this new chapter from Exposing the Invisible: The Kit.
Misinformation and disinformation have dominated headlines in 2020 and eroded trust in the information that surrounds us, from social media to conventional media; from politicians to scientists; from text to photographs to videos. Reality, it seems, is increasingly only skin deep. Find out more in this article on Medium.
A new chapter from Exposing the Invisible: The Kit explores 'bio-investigations', including the collection and analysis of samples from the field, at home and in the your local community.
The Data Detox Kit Workshops page is now live! Here you'll find downloadable curriculum materials which have been developed and tested by Tactical Tech trainers and Data Detox Kit's global network of partners.
The Glass Room: Misinformation Edition, which can be visited online or hosted offline, has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Slovenian, Lithuanian and Ukrainian, with more coming soon. Take a look and visit the exhibition virtually in your preferred language!
The deadline for applications to our 'Exposing the Invisible' Investigative Institute from January-February 2021 has been extended to 11th December. Join us for a three-week online workshop to share skills and techniques for secure investigations and digital research methods across the European Union.
Our Voter’s Guide explains how personal data is collected and used by political parties and candidates – and what voters can do about it. The seven tips are now available in both English and Dutch.
As elections become increasingly data-intensive, our personal data is becoming a political asset for campaigns to leverage. This new animation, in English and Dutch, explains how this process happens - and what we can do about it.
The internet has become the perfect breeding ground and circulatory system for all kinds of untrue or inaccurate claims. Our Programme Director, Christy Lange, asks what citizens and technology users can do in the face of misinformation in an article for the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
This summer, tens of thousands of British school students took to the streets to protest the use of an algorithm that predicted their end-of-school grades. A new article on Medium from the coordinator of our Youth project, Daisy Kidd, looks at the normalisation of monitoring and surveillance in education.
Our Exposing the Invisible team was awarded a European Commission grant to organise workshops, develop resources and create an ‘Investigative Institute’ for journalists, civil society investigators and researchers from September 2020 to August 2021.
This new chapter of the Organiser's Activity Book from our Data & Activism project looks at event promotion. The playful activities, aimed at organisers, campaigners and human rights defenders, explore the consequences, risks and benefits of using tools like social media in terms of personal data.
A new report, based on a roundtable with regional experts, looks at how the 'Influence Industry' operates in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read a summary on Medium by Amber Macintyre from our Data & Politics team.
Due to the pandemic and resulting quarantine, millions of people are using digital tools to continue their work and communication from home. A new article for the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung by our Programme Director, Christy Lange, asks: how secure are the digital tools that have become a part of our everyday life?
Learn how to identify, record and represent the images of an event by mastering the basics of visual evidence collection in this new chapter from Exposing the Invisible: The Kit.
Stay digitally, physically and psychologically safe and aware of potential risks by adopting some basic good practices and tools to keep your human sources, yourself and your evidence protected in this new chapter of Exposing the Invisible: The Kit.
What data traces do we leave when we travel? A new chapter of the playful, interactive Organiser's Activity Book helps civil society organisers deal with 'data baggage', including flights, visas and accommodation.
This guest post for the Hacked Off campaign outlines our Data Detox Kit, and how it can help you with your digital security, privacy and wellbeing, as well as countering online misinformation.
Governments and tech companies are working together to establish bio and behavioural surveillance infrastructures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Stephanie Hankey asks whether this will be a positive leap forward or a move in the wrong direction, in a new article for the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
Whether you’re expressing your disapproval on the web or on the streets, technology will play a role in how you protest. This Data Detox guide will help activists and protesters stay vigilant when using smartphones, social media, and messaging apps.
The Glass Room: Misinformation Edition explores how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it. This new exhibition, which can be visited online or hosted offline, tackles all forms of misinformation.
Social media platforms can bring us closer - but they also use algorithms to separate us. Find out how 'filter bubbles' are created, and how you can burst yours, in this article from the Data Detox Kit.
How much screen time is too much for children of different ages? This article from the Data Detox Kit provides essential advice for parents as part of the new 'Youth and Families' section.
The latest of over a dozen country studies from our Data & Politics team, carried out in collaboration with partners around the world, looks at the role of personal data in Dutch politics.
A new article on Medium by Stephanie Hankey, our Executive Director, and Daisy Kidd, coordinator of our upcoming Youth project, considers how digital technologies are designed for young people and asks the question: What does the future want?
Our Executive Director Stephanie Hankey writes for Project Syndicate about how we use systems driven by big data in crises such as the coronavirus pandemic.
The global community is undergoing unprecedented political, environmental and social changes. In this context, smartphones provide essential access to resources, services and vital connections to friends and family, This new research study asks: How can we design data-driven technologies for the real world, not the ideal world?
The Organiser’s Activity Book is a new self-learning resource from Tactical Tech’s Data and Activism project. The book is a collection of playful exercises for organisers within civil society who work with the personal data of human rights defenders, investigators, campaigners, and others who are taking part in social or political action.
What's the difference between misinformation and disinformation? And how can we combat both online in the context of coronavirus? Find out in our guest post for the Stop Funding Hate campaign.
Find out about the impact of Tactical Tech's report ‘Personal Data: Political Persuasion’, an investigation into the global 'Influence Industry' by our Data & Politics team
Knowing how to spot health misinformation and stop it spreading can be just as important for your own wellbeing, and for those around you, as washing your hands. These new tips from the Data Detox Kit will help boost your immunity to coronavirus hoaxes!
We are delighted to announce that The Glass Room has been selected as one of the winners of Creative Review's The Annual 2020 award. The Glass Room was described as "thought-provoking...a fascinating look at our relationship with digital devices".
What does the proliferation of campaign apps mean for you? How do they collect our personal data, and what challenges do such technologies pose for our democracies?
In our Annual Report 2019, you can read about our activities and successes across our four main projects in the last year, as well as who we are as an organisation.
Data Detox x Youth is an activity book to help young people take control of their tech. This interactive toolkit encourages young people to think about different aspects of their digital lives, from their social media profiles to their passwords, with simple activities for reflection and play.
From Exposing the Invisible - The Kit: Get started with basic know-how about researching companies by understanding essential concepts and practices used in the ‘corporate world’, accessing useful resources to help you map business ownership and connections, and seeing how others investigate obscure business activities around the world.
Cet article aborde les questions de savoir quelle technologie est bonne, sûre et appropriée à utiliser en ces temps complexes si nous voulons agir et travailler de manière responsable et à distance. Comment décider de la technologie à laquelle nous devons faire confiance ? Il examine également ce qui pourrait être fait à l'avenir pour répondre à cette question beaucoup plus facilement qu'aujourd'hui.
Tactical Tech's co-founder Marek Tuszynski addresses the question of which technology is good, safe and appropriate to help us act and work responsibly and remotely during the coronavirus pandemic - and how to make answering this question easier in the future.
Our co-founder Stephanie Hankey writes on Medium about misinformation on WhatsApp.
From Exposing the Invisible - The Kit: Two investigators trace their process of creating the project ad.watch, an open-research-style investigation into political advertising on Facebook. This case study follows the project’s evolution from a limited endeavour to a growing resource that facilitates investigations on political ads around the world.