Open from the 6th of November!

The Glass Room Amsterdam

6th November - 16th January

From the tech boom to tech backlash, our understanding of the digital has become both deeply personal and deeply political. Our desire for convenience has given way to questions about the trade-offs for how much we can control our data and our understanding about how it is used.

The Glass Room Amsterdam is a place to explore these ideas. The objects here bring to life the hidden aspects of everyday technologies and examine how they are changing the way we live.

With our Dutch partners, Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA) and FERS, a mid-sized Glass Room exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands opensed on the 6th of November to visitors!

This exhibition visits various includes more than 25 objects, animations, and posters. Check the exhibits page for details.

Visit the Glass Room Netherlands page

Step into The Glass Room

The Glass Room is a public intervention that aims to demystify technology through immersive, thought-provoking, self-learning exhibitions. The Glass Room began as a large scale exhibition, traveling from Berlin to New York, London and San Francisco between 2016 and 2019.

Each Glass Room took the form of a space designed to look like a sleek tech shop, but where nothing was for sale. Instead, visitors found a place where they could freely and critically discuss technology. The objects presented explored data, privacy and our relationship to the technologies and platforms which have become so commonplace in our everyday lives.

Artworks produced as part of these larger Glass Room exhibitions are still touring around the world, with exhibitions upcoming in The Netherlands in 2021 and Australia in 2022.

Glass Room San Francisco card artwork

The Glass Room Community Edition

A growing need for public interventions and information about technology led Tactical Tech to design the Glass Room Community Edition – a lightweight, pop-up exhibition which is translated into over 15 local languages and can be shipped worldwide to community spaces, schools, libraries and festivals. We support our partners in creating critical spaces where communities around the world can join the global discussion around privacy, data and the impacts of technology on society.

The first release of this series was The Internet of Things (IoT) Edition; exploring the risks and benefits of the everyday technologies that we invite into our homes and lives.

Tactical Tech’s Youth & Technology initiative has adapted and made the contents of The Glass Room Community Edition a thought-provoking experience for visitor of all ages. The Glass Room Community Edition has been dedicated to improving media and digital literacy through the latest Misinformation Edition. Joint efforts with the Youth & Technology project have made all Glass Room content accessible and relevant for younger audiences.

Data Detox Kit printed leaflets

Data Detox Kit

First launched for The Glass Room London, the Data Detox Kit has accompanied the exhibitions, distributed at the Data Detox Bar. The Data Detox Kit, in both print and online formats, provides visitors simple tip and tricks, so they can begin to take control of their privacy, security, and well being. The Data Detox Kit is freely available in over 35 languages, and offers articles on a diverse range of topics including health misinformation, screentime, and voter data.

An interactive version of the DDK for our younger audiences is also downloadable and available in multiple languages. The Detox x Youth is an activity book to help young people take control of their tech.

219,000 Visitors

More than 219,000 people have visited the Glass Room exhibitions and Glass Room Community Editions around the world.

232 Events

The Glass Room has been hosted in 232 libraries, schools, festivals and organisations worldwide.

47 Countries

The Glass Room can be hosted virtually anywhere. Host your own exhibition and join the growing Glass Room global network.

Upcoming events around the globe

The Glass Room Amsterdam

6.11.2021 – 16.1.2022
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Get Involved

Host Your Own Glass Room

The Glass Room has been slimmed down to a smaller edition in a pop-up format so that you can also host your own Glass Room event. This portable light weight low cost version has been successfully hosted in libraries, schools, conferences, and even metro stations.

We enable our partners to host Glass Rooms all over the world in a multitude of languages. Please send an email to events@tacticaltech.org if you are interested in hosting your own.

Our partners