The Glass Room Community Edition

What is personal data in an age when data is everything but personal? Websites, apps, social media and ‘smart’ devices all thrive on the same thing – data. Not just any data, but our data.

The Glass Room Community Edition is a pop-up exhibition that explores how society is dealing with the growing dependency on data and technology, and the normalisation of monitoring and surveillance. It aims to engage visitors to think more critically about their devices and interactions with technology, as well as the mechanisms and companies that create the environment of those technologies.

This edition was developed as a result of high demand from visitors of larger Glass Rooms in London and New York, who also wanted to set up similar exhibitions in their cities. This slimmed down, portable version comes in a lightweight and adaptable format that can be set up in a variety of different spaces from libraries and schools, to conferences and metro stations. So far we have hosted 97 events in 21 countries and it is available in English, French, German and Spanish.

What’s in the box?

Map of the Google empire

The current version of the Glass Room Community Edition focuses on the Internet of Things (IoT), with an aim to creatively illustrate the larger issues around data, privacy and smart devices. It explores some of these new technologies in a playful way, and encourages visitors to question whether IoT technologies will really make our lives more efficient, healthier and safer.

The exhibition set features interactive apps, posters, displays and a takeaway for visitors: the “Data Detox Kit”. Click here for more information and images about about what’s included. There are interactive elements like our Fake or Real game, which lets players guess which hi-tech devices – from self-propelled baby strollers to robotic bees – are real and which are fake. Two of the large-scale posters explore the companies behind the everyday technologies that we use like Alphabet and Facebook, and challenge visitors to think about how much data they give way through all their activities in their “Data Day”.

How can you get involved?

Collaboration

Our partnerships open call is now closed, but if you are interested in partnering with us to create a new edition or localise/translate it for your community or region please contact us at events@tacticaltech.org.

Host your own!

Hosting your own Glass Room Community Edition is very easy. We’ve found it works best in busy places, as part of a bigger event or in institutions like libraries and schools. It can be set up for any length of time, from 2 to 3 days to a longer period. The exhibit is visually striking and can adapt to most spaces. Visitors browse the exhibits for between 5 to 15 minutes on average. It works as a stand-alone installation – all the exhibits have simple explanations. However, it works even better if there is one or more people on hand to explain the exhibit or give tips and advice on online privacy.

We will send you all the information you need, alongside all the posters and necessary accessories like a magnifying glass, animations, handling gloves and more! If you want more detailed information or have any questions please contact us at events@tacticaltech.org .

Contact Us
If you want to join the worldwide conversation about data and privacy, get in touch to let us know you want to host a Glass Room Community Edition.
Get Your Kit
We’ll send you everything you need in one easy Glass Room Community Edition kit, which is available in English, French, German or Spanish.
Exhibit It!
The Glass Room Community Edition is easy to assemble and display. Join the network of over 100 libraries, schools, and organisations that have hosted their own Glass Room Community Edition.