The Misinformation Edition

Hero image
Nikoline Arns 2018
The Misinformation Edition of the Glass Room explores different types of misinformation, teaches you how to recognise it, and how to combat its spread

This page is also available in Italian, German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Slovenian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian and Dutch. More languages coming soon.

Tackling Misinformation

What happens when we increasingly rely on social media and the web for nearly all our information? What information do we see, and what do we miss? How do we know if a picture or a tweet is genuine or truthful? And what can we do if we can’t be sure?

Tactical Tech’s newest edition of The Glass Room Community Edition explores misinformation in all its forms. The exhibition can be hosted as an in-person pop-up exhibition or can be visited online.

Information travels quickly and easily, maybe too easily, and it reaches far and wide. We haven’t yet fully analysed or understood the scale of the social, political and cultural impacts of this supersonic speed and amplification.

Not only do we have many more channels to receive and share content, the way that content reaches us has also changed: from news feeds to influencers, the people and methods involved in producing, transferring and storing info and data have multiplied, not to mention the number of companies making big business out of it. All these factors combined can make it difficult to distinguish fact from fiction, which sources to trust and of which to be wary.

Whether it’s through a Twitter bot or a deep fake, we are all surrounded by high frequency information impulses, often not visible to us. As users and consumers of online content, we are no longer neutral or passive receivers of information. We can also be its main channels of distribution and proliferation.

At any age we need to be aware of the way that information that is incorrect and sometimes misleading can be shared and amplified by the tools we use. For young people especially, apps and social media are second nature, and many don’t stop to check before sharing something online with friends. But recent research shows that even older people struggle to tell the difference between genuine and questionable information– and share more than any other age group.

Explore the Glass Room

In this exhibition you can explore how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it. Find out about the new types of influencers,the new and old tactics they use, and the role we the users and consumers play in the way information flows and changes within that flow. We also examine the relationship between personal data, targeting and our opinions, views and behaviours, as well as the business models behind it.

So far, there have been over 150 Glass Room Community Edition events around the world, reaching over 120,000 people – with many more planned in 2020. So when you host a Glass Room Community Edition event, you join a global conversation on data and privacy.

In this exhibition – aimed at young people as well as adults – we explore how social media and the web have changed the way we read information and react to it. Learn why finding “fake news” is not as easy as it sounds, and how the term “fake news” is as much a problem as the news it describes. Dive into the world of deep fakes, which are now so realistic that they are virtually impossible to detect. And find out why social media platforms are designed to keep us hooked, and how they can be used to change our minds. You can also read our free Data Detox Kit, which reveals how to tell facts from fiction and why it benefits everyone around us when we take a little more care about what we share.

Explore our online exhibition

163,000 Visitors

More than 160,000 people have visited the Glass Room exhibitions and Glass Room Community Editions around the world.

168 Events

The Glass Room has been hosted in nearly 200 libraries, schools, festivals and organisations worldwide.

40 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 Misinformation Edition at dlr LexIcon

18.10.2020 – 16.12.2020
Dublin, Ireland

Microwave International New Media Arts Festival

30.10.2020 – 30.11.2020
Hong Kong, China

Get Involved

Host Your Own Glass Room Misinformation Edition

The Glass Room Misinformation Edition 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 is based on our Community Edition, which 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. Download the infosheet and contact us at events@tacticaltech.org if you have any questions.

Project Partners

Share This Page