Amid escalating crises and the spread of misinformation, digital technologies play an increasing role in the way people get informed, form opinions and find solutions to situations like war, climate crises, and political polarisation. Many are still unaware of the relationship between digital technologies and people's responses to crises. This realisation drove our mission to engage people in exploring this crucial topic.
Our impact: We expanded our work to engage with an evolving set of challenges related to technology and crises to promote reflection on the societal and democratic impact of technology and crisis response. We collaborate with over 150 trusted partners to inform and engage their communities in conversations around the relationship between technology, democracy and crises by providing them with the necessary tools and information to take action and make informed decisions.
Impact Focus: Systemic Impact.
Work areas: Media and digital literacy, Misinformation & Disinformation, Technology & crises, Data & Political influence, Advancing knowledge on Investigative Methods & Tools.
Easy-print and outdoor formats of The Glass Room Misinformation Edition were created in 2022 to increase the accessibility of our resources and reach communities that otherwise couldn’t be reached.
On this website, organisations and individuals can learn about, explore research and discover resources on the industry using our personal data to influence citizens in political campaigns.
The interactive exhibition provides educators with creative and interactive media literacy resources and assets. Teachers, librarians and organisations working with youth worldwide used, adapted and outreached these resources to host interventions that engaged around 12.000 young people in conversations about their digital environment and how they can re-imagine it.
Everything Will Be Fine is a large-scale public intervention that examines how people understand and respond to global crises like climate change, pandemics and political polarisation through the lens of technology. It allows users to navigate the works of over 60 artists, researchers and technologists. The outdoor and online versions of the exhibition had over 13,000 visitors.
We worked with the Goethe-Institut to support 20 partners in 11 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa in creating resources to train the next generation of researchers, journalists, activists, and conscious consumers on digital and media literacy, verification, digital safety, privacy, and online wellbeing.
In collaboration with GIZ, Tactical Tech developed the “Digital Enquirer Kit”, an e-learning course that has trained over 330 learners on preventing the spread of misinformation, covering topics like media literacy, verification, and navigating the internet safely.
The Exposing the Invisible project hosted the 5-day online conference “Investigation is Collaboration“ to advance the capacity and skills of leading investigators, researchers and journalists. A new collection of resources, including articles, guides, videos and a podcast series, were produced as a result of the conference.
It explains in accessible terms where political campaigns source personal data, what kinds of data they collect, and how they use it to target and persuade voters. The guide offers voters seven essential tips to detox their personal data.
Amidst increasing privacy concerns, we saw a growing need to develop new ways to engage wider audiences in conversations about technology's impact on their lives. Simultaneously, half a year prior to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, we exposed the rising trend of private companies offering services to political entities to utilise personal data to influence voters’ opinions. As the scandal unfolded, Tactical Tech provided knowledge and understanding of the dynamics behind the scenes to help audiences to understand the scandal's implications.
Our Impact: We created interactive experiences for people to explore, initiate conversations, and raise questions that gained global reach through partnerships, raising awareness and encouraging self-reflection on people’s digital lives. Through initiatives like The Glass Room, we debunked the misconception that individuals lack interest in these topics. People possessed valid questions but needed practical solutions to comprehend and tackle the vast dimensions of the problem. Thus, the Data Detox Kit was created, enabling individuals to make informed decisions about their use of technology. Simultaneously, our Data and Politics project advanced knowledge of the Influence Industry, while Exposing the Invisible expanded its resources and knowledge sharing on investigative practices for a growing community.
Impact Focus: Scaling.
Work areas: Media and digital literacy, Misinformation & Disinformation, Technology & crises, Data & Political influence, Advancing knowledge on Investigative Methods & Tools.
The Kit, a collaborative, self-learning resource that makes investigative techniques and tools used accessible to people and communities who feel motivated to start their own investigations, was launched. The Kit is a resource of Exposing the Invisible (ETI). Launch of the first 13 chapters.
Over 20,000 visitors attended the exhibition, including a daily event program and over 50 artworks that playfully and provocatively explore our relationship to technology.
A guidebook shedding light on the global business built around using data for political influence was launched so voters, policymakers, political partners and technology companies can develop informed opinions and decisions about the relationship between personal data and politics.
We work with international partners to investigate the extent of the influence industry. We commissioned and published country studies, which revealed that using personal data in elections is a global phenomenon with an entire market built around it. We researched and identified over 300 organisations involved in the industry.
We ran an 11-day residency with a group of practitioners in the field to turn the investigation into a more comprehensive form of civic engagement by providing the knowledge and skills to collect and verify evidence. By the end of 2018, over a dozen chapters of Exposing the Invisible: The Kit had been written in collaboration with the community of investigators.
In 2018 we worked with technologists, designers and product developers – from entry-level students to board member-level decision makers – to find methodologies for designing and developing technologies differently and to stem problems at a pre-design stage rather than through regulatory enforcement.
The kit included content beyond privacy to incorporate tips and advice on digital security and well-being. A low-cost, printable version was developed and translated the kit into nine languages with the help of local partners. In 2018, the Kit reached more than 150,000 people.
Alongside our partner Mozilla, we developed a portable, pop-up version of the exhibition focused on the Internet of Things, including posters, games and interactive exhibits that explore and critique the rise of smart devices. It was hosted in 94 locations across Europe, North America and worldwide throughout the year.
Tactical Tech's co-founders were commissioned by the Heinrich Böll Foundation to write an essay about technofixes – using data and technology to solve social, environmental and political problems. Efficiency and Madness was published as a small booklet, and all copies have since been snapped up.
The collectively written wiki platform provides women net activists and human rights defenders with community-driven resources. It’s been produced in collaboration with women from over 25 countries as a place to post skills, tell stories and share events.
The camp, hosted with our partners at Share Lab, brought together leading international artists, technologists, citizen investigators, and developers to share knowledge and inspire innovative approaches. The five-day camp dealt with the tricky ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions of investigation, the methods used, and how to realise these methods with tangible outcomes.
A web app prototype of the Data Detox Kit was designed and built in 2017 and was launched in November, receiving over 100,000 visitors in the first three months. This eight-day self-learning guide teaches you how to reduce data traces.
Produced by Tactical Tech in partnership with Mozilla, The Glass Room turned issues around data and privacy into sensory and tangible experiences in London. In just 19 days, The Glass Room welcomed nearly 19,000 visitors.
In partnership with Mozilla, we opened The Glass Room NYC, an immersive pop-up tech store that explored data and privacy issues through art, interactive displays and workshops. The Glass Room hosted 43 workshops and 75 other events. Around 10,000 visitors attended the exhibition.
This exhibition, in collaboration with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, was our first large-scale intervention. It featured over 30 works tracing the inversions that mark the relationship between man and machine. Shown in March-May 2016 at the HKW in Berlin, Germany. nearly 10,000 visitors.
Amid global social and political tensions, activists and citizens sought new investigative skills to document, process, and visualise information for their causes and communities. This led to the creation of "Exposing the Invisible," which serves as a set of resources and a network for investigators and journalists as well as for activists and citizens to uncover wrongdoing and gather evidence for narratives and visual communication.
Our impact: We emphasised the importance of political narratives and advocacy rooted in verified evidence while also recognising the power of engaging storytelling and visual narratives to involve more people in meaningful conversations about their contexts. Simultaneously, in collaboration with our partners, we pioneered the creation of independent resources on privacy and rights, such as Me and My Shadow. Through these resources, we illustrated that digital security concerns everyone, highlighting the value of personal data and the associated political risks.
Impact Focus: Field building.
Work areas: Information Activism (Rights-based digital campaigning), Digital Security and Human Rights and Privacy and Rights.
This interactive map shows where people's data is moving - and through which companies - when they read news articles online. The tool lets you see who is tracking you when you read the news online and where your data travels along the way.
Founded on the understanding that 'security' is a deeply personal, subjective and gendered concept, this manual is the first to adopt an explicitly 'holistic' approach to security and protection strategies for human rights defenders.
The third in our series of contextualised adaptations of Security in-a-box.
The guide includes advice and ideas on how to influence issues using the right combination of information, design, technologies and networks. This book provides advocates and activists with tools, tips and good practices for using visual elements in their campaigns,
Tactical Tech's MyShadow.org won a Deutsche Welle Bobs: Best in Online Activism award in the "Most Creative and Original" category.
Our second contextualised adaptation of Security in-a-box.
Our first adaptation of Security in-a-box was published to contextualise threats for specific communities and created in collaboration with these communities.
135 advocates from 45 countries came to the hills of Italy for a week of training, skill-sharing and collaboration. Connecting with others facing similar challenges and sharing good practices creatively, they gained tools to implement digital advocacy tactics successfully.
It brought together info-activism strategies, digital tools and case studies worldwide. The Guide included basic campaigning how-tos, tools for collaboration, outreach, mobile communication, and examples of inspiring info-activism campaigns.
The project launched with three films focusing on new forms of citizen investigation. Seven video sketches and a bank of resources were created to help people to start their own investigations. The resources featured aimed to help activists protect themselves and their work.
With wider access to technology, certain countries experienced heightened government surveillance and corporate intrusion into personal data. Activists and rights groups demanded interactive tools and solutions to empower their teams and communities against growing digital security risks. In response, we created innovative and adaptable resources for individuals to learn self-protection and foster a safer digital environment.
Impact: Utilising our expertise and our network of partners, we developed user-friendly tools and practical advice for individuals to safeguard themselves and their data. We transformed theoretical concepts into easy-to-follow, step-by-step activities available in multiple languages. Through these resources, we empowered non-profits to enhance the digital security skills of their less tech-savvy members who faced the greatest exposure to risks. These innovative and diverse resources marked the beginning of our outreach to a wider audience beyond the non-profit sector and the tech-savvy communities.
Impact Focus: Training.
Work areas: Information Activism (Rights-based digital campaigning) and Digital Security and Human Rights.
An interactive website that helps people explore and minimise their 'digital shadows': the information traces you leave behind when you use the internet and mobile phones. The project won a Deutsche Welle Bobs Award for "most creative" online activism in 2013.
Our creative client-services agency was launched in 2010. Tactical Studios worked directly with campaigners, NGOs and other organisations to help them use information more effectively to communicate, raise awareness and push for social change.
Survival in the Digital Age is a series of short animations and clips featuring our cute ONO Robot that took a closer look at the technologies people were using and the risks each technology posed to people's safety and privacy.
This initiative was created to strengthen the use of visual techniques by women's rights advocates in the Arab world. 45 women's rights activists from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Egypt were trained and received mentoring to develop their own visual advocacy campaigns.
This collection of tools, tactics, how-to guides and case studies is designed to inspire advocacy organisations and present possibilities for using mobile telephony in their work. It provides practical solutions for people to use mobiles in their advocacy efforts.
A film that documented stories and an on- and offline interactive toolkit were launched to provide original ways for rights advocates to capture attention and communicate a cause. The film was translated into 25 languages and was shown at over 200 screenings in over 60 countries.
Recognised worldwide as a foundational resource for helping people at risk protect their digital security and privacy, the toolkit launched with Frontline Defenders supported a global community of human rights defenders. Over 800 NGO members worldwide were trained.
A uniquely hands-on space with an open-learning framework and stress on participation. It brought together 130 advocates. We used interactive, peer-based learning techniques to help advocates realise the impact of digital technologies on their campaigns.
Digital technology was nearly ubiquitous and was becoming the primary means of creating and sharing information. We focused our work on how non-profits could use technologies in campaigning, especially in low and middle-income countries, to present and visualise data and information and create engaging narratives that support their work. That is what we call Information Activism.
Our impact: We compiled the best visualisation and storytelling tactics and strategies worldwide. We made them accessible to non-profits to address the types of visual storytelling that work best for their audiences. We turned case studies and theory into specific practices that organisations could adapt and replicate. During this period, our training camps created unique networking opportunities for non-profits and new projects and collaborations were born. These events served as catalysts and advanced technological knowledge and skills.
Impact Focus: Capacity building.
Work areas: Advocacy and Info Activism.
A set of strategic guides to using communications tools for social change and a suite of open-source tools to get people to make their own media. It was designed for NGOs, advocates, and citizen journalists to help them create and distribute content for their advocacy.
This guide was first published in May 2008, with an updated version released in April 2009. The guide is no longer in publication, however updated content can be found in our Women's Rights Campaigning toolkit.
An introduction to Geographical Mapping Techniques. The booklet is a practical guide to using maps in advocacy. It includes case studies, descriptions of procedures and methods, a review of data sources, and a glossary of mapping terminology.
The Guide aimed to expose advocates to online services that are quick to use and easy to understand. The guide described online services, including social networking sites, image and video hosting services, and services that enhance an organisation's web presence.
Hosted in Sukabumi, Indonesia, this event brought together 130 participants who exchanged knowledge, experiences and skills.
The event brought together 130 participants to discuss the topics of migration, alternative access, information handling, advocacy and localisation. The agenda was developed by NGO members, IT developers, advocates and people interested in the localisation of software.
Technology was quickly becoming a crucial asset for non-profit organisations and advocacy groups. Discussions were being held on how civil society organisations should employ and engage with technology. It was important to identify suitable technology for non-profits and to promote best practices to address the unforeseen consequences of its use.
Our impact: We put alternative technologies for non-profits on the map and brought together organisations and individuals who were already building the capacity of non-profits. Together, we developed tools and shared knowledge about open-source software, digital safety and security for non-profits. Through a global network of digital security trainers, we gained insights from diverse perspectives and localised resources to different contexts. Our scalable methodology changed how things were done. Working together became a fixture of our activities.
Impact Focus: Capacity building.
Work areas: Open source software in the non-profit sector and Digital Security and Social Justice
This was a toolkit of free and open-source software, tutorials and guides for producing, publishing and distributing content. The edition, produced in collaboration with iCommons, is aimed at non-profits, independent media organisations, free culture creators and grassroots journalists.
Launched in collaboration with Front Line Human Rights Defenders, this toolkit was a selection of free and open-source software, materials and guides for digital security and privacy. More than two thousand hard copies were distributed in over 45 countries, and over 800 NGO members were trained.
Asia Source was an eight-day hands-on workshop to build the technical skills of those working with NGOs in South and South East Asia. The experience brought together nearly 100 NGOs and NGO technology support professionals working locally across the region.
The Source camp brought together 60 participants working in African non-profit organisations to learn about technology use for non-profits, Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) in the African context, and how to build cooperation.
Created in association with WomensNet. Thousands of NGOs and advocacy organisations used this toolkit. It could be accessed online, but its primary form was a physical box set of CDs, providing immediate access to all the software tools without downloading.
These gatherings were designed to bring together leading practitioners worldwide to share experiences and drive forward the development of solutions and cooperation about a particular technology issue. Focused on Wireless, Refurbished computers and Open Source.
In September 2003, Tactical Tech and the Multimedia Institute Croatia hosted the first Summer Source, an eight-day event with 80 participants and facilitators from 34 countries working to implement Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) solutions for civil society organisations.
The Source Camps brought together non-profit actors and experienced techies to share knowledge, build skills and long-term collaborations. The methodologies and replication materials were published and used as the basis for seven camps held in Asia and Africa between 2003 - 2009.