Programme at The Glass Room London

The Our Data, Our Selves Programme presented leading voices illuminating the role technology plays on society, culture and individuals, through a series of discussions, films, workshops and talks that explored aspects of living in a quantified society. Along side the event programme, Tactical Tech trained Ingeniuses ran Ingenius Workshops that offered practical tools and resources to empower more control of your data.

Mahsa Alimardani is an Internet researcher leading some of Article 19’s Iran digital programs. She is researching the use of technology platforms in Iran’s information control space for her PhD at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, as well as editing Global Voices’ Iran section.

Mahsa Alimardani: Tightening the Net - Censorship, Surveillance, Sanctions and Controls Online in Iran – Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

"!Mediengruppe Bitnik live and work in Zurich/Berlin. They are contemporary artists working on, and with, the internet. Their practice expands from the digital to physical spaces, often intentionally applying loss of control to challenge established structures and mechanisms. !Mediengruppe Bitnik are Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo.

!Mediengruppe Bitnik: Bots and Angels – Friday, 27 October, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm"

Naomi Colvin is Beneficiary Case Director at the Courage Foundation, an international organisation that protects individuals who put themselves at risk to make significant contributions to the historical record. She has written for the Guardian, FT, New Statesman and many others.
Naomi Colvin - Courage Foundation: Data Dissidence - Speaking Truth to Power in the 21st Century – Sunday, 29 October, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm"

Ravi Naik is a partner and the head of data protection and information rights department at Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors. His practice encompasses a wide range of areas including national security, privacy, data and information law. In that role, Ravi is regularly instructed on a range of high-profile and precedent setting litigation. Ravi has also written extensively on rights protection in the digital age, including on the new “data rights” movement.
Ravi Naik: Your Data, Your Rights – Saturday, 11 November, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Gisela Perez de Acha is a Mexican lawyer and activist who specialises in free speech and gender rights within the digital world. She is the public policy manager for Latin America at Derechos Digitales, a non-governmental organisation where she mostly conducts research on algorithmic accountability and malware in the region. Gisela also runs an independent cultural centre in Mexico City where she manages art, live performances, and literature events related to technology.
Gisela Perez de Acha: Our Naked Selves as Data - Gender and Consent in Search Engines – Saturday, 28 October, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Jon Ronson’s nonfiction books So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea and The Men Who Stare At Goats have all been international and/or New York Times bestsellers. The Psychopath Test spent nearly two years on the UK bestseller list. His most recent work is an Audible Original audio series, The Butterfly Effect. It was released in July 2017 and went straight to Number One in the US and UK audiobook charts. Jon’s original screenplays include the critically acclaimed Netflix original Okja, which he co-wrote with Bong-Joon Ho, and Frank, which he co-wrote with Peter Straughan. For Frank, Jon and Peter won the 2014 best screenplay award at the British Independent Film Awards. Jon’s two TED talks have been watched more than 12 million times. In the UK Jon writes regularly for The Guardian. His many UK documentaries include Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes, The Secret Rulers of the World, and seven seasons of the multi-award-winning BBC Radio 4 programme Jon Ronson On…
Jon Ronson: Tech and Porn and Shame – Sunday, 5 November, 2017 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Throughout The Glass Room, Tactical Tech trained Ingeniuses ran introductory level one-hour workshops that offered practical tools and resources to empower more control of your data.

Making Choices in your Digital Life
Whatsapp, Gmail, Google Search – we use these apps and tools because everyone else does, and because… what else is there? This workshop was designed to enable you to think more critically about the tools you use, what questions you should ask, and why the answers matter. It introduced some alternative chat apps, email providers, and search tools to allow you to take more control of your own data.

De-Googlise Your Life
‘One account. All of Google,’ is Google’s tagline. But what does this mean for those of us who use Google search, Google Docs, Gmail, and other Google services? What information are we handing over? Are we comfortable with a blue print of our lives being with one company… and why might we want to ‘diversify’ the services we use? This session explored these questions and the question of data ‘centralisation’, whilst also looking at what alternatives we have.

Investigating Metadata
We generate metadata all the time – when we send emails, post online, take a picture or even just walk around with our mobile phones in our pockets. This session explored metadata: what it is, why it is important and how our everyday lives can be predicted by analysing it.

Mastering Your Mobile
Your phone is talking to you, and it is constantly generating and transmitting data to others. This workshop is designed to open the box on your mobile phone. Explore how it works and find what choices and changes you can make to increase your security and privacy. Walk away with practical tips and tricks on basic phone security and detoxing your data traces.

WTF (What the Facebook)?
What aspects of your life are you sharing with Facebook? How much does this company know about you through your daily use of products like Instagram, Whatsapp, Facebook messenger and other Facebook-owned services? Why does it matter? This workshop takes a critical look at Facebook, and explores tactics for minimising the data traces you leave, through strategies and settings.

Boost your Browsing
Searching, surfing and shopping, much of it happens in your browser. Curious how your browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and so on) leaves you open to tracking and profiling? This workshop focused on tools and strategies for gaining more control over your data traces, by looking ‘under the hood’ of your browser, into settings and configurations; discussing strategies of use; and exploring a few specific add-ons and extensions that will transform your browsing experience.

How the Web Works
We are always connecting to the internet via our mobile phones, tablets and computers, but do we actually know how the internet works? Learn how you can connect to the internet in different ways, and who has access to your communication along the way. Walk away with tips and tricks, but also a good understanding of how it works, so that in the future you can figure out what you think about the latest service, platform or app and if you want to use it.