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.
How does our data create the biggest and most influential companies in the world?
Does our data make us better, smarter, stronger?
Is data revolutionising our political participation?
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
Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialises in online social movements and the impact of technology on society. He is also author of Radicals (2017) about political outsiders and The Dark Net (2014) about internet subcultures. He is also a regular commentator on national and international media outlets and recently presented the two-part BBC documentary series ‘The Secrets of Silicon Valley’.on.
Jamie Bartlett: The Rise of the Radicals - How Outsiders Are Taking Over – Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Manuel Beltrán is an artist, activist and researcher who lives and works in the Hague. He researches and lectures on contemporary art, activism, contemporary social movements, post-digital culture and new media. As an activist, he was involved in the Indignados movement in Spain, the Gezi Park protests in Turkey and several forms of independent activism and cyber-activism in Europe and beyond.
Manuel Beltrán: We, the Data Workers – Friday, 27 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
Crofton Black is a researcher and writer. He is co-author, with Edmund Clark, of Negative Publicity: Artefacts of Extraordinary Rendition (Aperture 2016).
Crofton Black: War Taxonomy - An Encyclopaedia of Conditions for Lethal Force – Friday, 3 November, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 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
Silkie Carlo, Senior Advocacy Officer at Liberty, leads the organisation’s programme on Technology and Human Rights, advocating for the protection of rights in areas including state surveillance, new policing technologies, uses of big data, artificial intelligence and free expression online. Before joining Liberty, Silkie provided technical training to journalists and lawyers at risk and worked for Edward Snowden’s official defence fund. Silkie is the co-author of Information Security for Journalists.
Silkie Carlo: Big Data, AI and Human Rights – Wednesday, 1 November, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Silkie Carlo: A Feminist Lens on Mass Surveillance – Saturday, 4 November, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wesley Goatley is a sound artist and researcher based in London. His practice examines opaque power and hidden processes in data and networked technologies through installations, objects, and talks. He’s currently undertaking doctoral studies through a scholarship from the Sussex Humanities Lab, University of Sussex, where he’s exploring a critical data aesthetics approach to artistic practice and research. He currently teaches sonic media theory and computational sonic arts practice at BA and MA levels.
Wesley Goatley: Critical Data Aesthetics – Friday, 10 November, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Joss Hands is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University. He is the author of@ is for Activism: Dissent, Resistance and Rebellion in a Digital Culture and editor of the series ‘Digital Barricades’ published by Pluto Press.
Joss Hands: Networks, Things and Objects - The Saving Power of Gadgets – Thursday, 2 November, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Adam Harvey is an artist and researcher based in Berlin exploring the societal impacts of networked data analysis technologies with a focus on computer vision, digital imaging technologies and counter surveillance. His work MegaPixels, on view in The Glass Room, invites viewers to query their own face and find their visual doppelgänger among the thousands of images in facial-recognition training datasets.
Adam Harvey: Deep Facial Recognition Query – Thursday, 26 October, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Eliot Higgins is a visiting research associate at Kings College London and a visiting research fellow at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley. He has used open sources and social media to investigate the Syrian Civil War, the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, among others.
Eliot Higgins: The End of Secrets - Conflict in the Engagement Age – Friday, 3 November, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harmit Kambo & Scarlet Kim
Privacy International is an organisation that fights for the right to privacy in the UK and around the world. Harmit Kambo is Director of Campaigns & Development and Scarlet Kim is a Legal Officer at Privacy International.
Privacy International: Scarlet Kim and Harmit Kambo – Thursday, 2 November, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Louis Knight-Webb & Varoon Bashyakarla
Recent developments in digital technologies, together with the collection of personal data, have given rise to a new political modus operandi. Today, political groups around the globe are using tools from modern statistics and psychology to advance their ideologies, to promote their candidates and to influence voters. The data-centric business model that has transformed countless other domains has become an inextricable part of modern-day politicking. This open discussion will explore different parts of these developments: political targeting based on personal information, data protection laws, and efforts to ensure that digital technologies respect the dignity of the democratic process.
Personal Data and Elections in the 21st Century – Sunday, 5 November, 2017 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Surya Mattu is an artist and engineer based in Brooklyn, and is currently the data reporter at GMG’s Special Projects Desk. Previously, he was a contributing researcher at ProPublica, where he worked on Machine Bias, a series that aims to highlight how algorithmic systems can be biased and discriminate against people. Machine Bias was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Explanatory Journalism. His work together with Tega Brain, Unfit Bits, is on view at The Glass Room.
Surya Mattu: Algorithmic Disobedience – Saturday, 11 November, 2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carl Miller is writing Power, a book on how power is changing in the digital age, for Penguin RandomHouse. He founded the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, the first think tank unit dedicated to researching digital society. Over that time, he’s angrily debated against 9/11 conspiracy theorists, called for digital literacy to be taught in schools and coined ‘SOCMINT’ – social media intelligence – with the former Director of GCHQ, Sir David Omand. He’s worked with technologists from the University of Sussex to use artificial intelligence to research social media, analysed Islamophobia and online hate in the wake of Brexit and terrorist attacks and covered digital politics for the Sunday Times.
Carl Miller: Digital Power – Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Matt Mitchell is a hacker, security researcher, operational security trainer, and data journalist who founded amd leads CryptoHarlem, impromptu workshops teaching basic cryptography tools to the predominately African American community in upper Manhattan. Matt spends his time training journalists and activists in operational and information security. His personal work focuses on marginalized, aggressively monitored, over-policed populations in the United States.
Matt Mitchell: TECHing while Black – Wednesday, 25 October, 2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 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
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
Brett Scott is an economic explorer and financial hacker traversing the intersections between money systems, finance, digital technology and cities. He is the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (2013). He works on financial reform, alternative finance and economic activism with a wide variety of NGOs, artists, students and start-ups, and writes for publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired Magazine and CNN.com. He produced the 2016 UNRISD report on blockchain technology, and is a Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, an Associate at the Institute of Social Banking and an advisory group member of the Brixton Pound. He helps facilitate a course on power and design at the University of Arts London, and facilitates workshops on alternative finance with The London School of Financial Arts.
Brett Scott: The Politics of Blockchain Technology – Saturday, 28 October, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Architect, professor of spatial and visual cultures and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2014 he is a global professor at Princeton University. In 2010 he set up the research agency Forensic Architecture (FA). The work of FA is documented in the exhibition and book FORENSIS (Sternberg, 2014). In 2007 he set up, with Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, the architectural collective DAAR in Beit Sahour/Palestine. This work is documented in the book Architecture after Revolution (Sternberg, 2014). In 2013 he designed a permanent folly in Gwangju, South Korea which was documented in the book The Roundabout Revolution (Sternberg, 2015). His other books include The Conflict Shoreline (Steidl and Cabinet, 2015), Mengele’s Skull (Sternberg, 2012), The Least of all Possible Evils (Verso, 2011), Hollow Land (Verso, 2007), A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003).
Eyal Weizman & Marek Tuszynski: An Inquiry into the Undetectable – Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Hacking the Mobile Ecosystem
In this workshop, led by Dr Giles Greenway of the Digital Humanities Department at King’s College London, participants will analyse Android apps using a suite of tolls packaged in a custom virtual machine running in Oracle VirtualBox.
King's College London: Hacking the Mobile Ecosystem – Monday, 30 October, 2017 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
An Introduction to Network Fingerprinting
Artist and educator Danja Vasiliev introduces the practice of the Critical Engineering Working Group, whose works Newstweek and Unintended Emissions are on view at The Glass Room. Using computational platforms he engages in examination and exploitation of network paradigms in physical and digital realms. Danja regularly teaches on topics of network insecurity, software/OS modification, hardware re-engineering, digital forensics and more.
An Introduction to Network Fingerprinting with The Critical Engineering Working Group – Saturday, 4 November, 2017 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Citizen Scores – Governing People through their Data
The Data Justice Lab is a space for research and collaboration at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. It seeks to research the intricate relationship between datafication and social justice, highlighting the political implications of big data.
Data Justice Lab: Citizen Scores - Governing People through their Data – Sunday, 5 November, 2017 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Power and Accountability in the Digital Economy
The digital economy is transforming people’s experience of work, and poses questions of power, accountability and control. How is work changing in the digital economy? How should we be thinking about ownership and control, especially with the rise of platform capitalism? And what are the opportunities and mechanisms available for organising and fighting back? In this workshop, led by members of the New Economics Foundation, Co-Worker.org, the Independent Workers of Great Britain trade union, and the London School of Economics, we are bringing together activists, researchers and campaigners for a lively discussion with insight from the UK and the US.
Power and Accountability in the Digital Economy – Monday, 6 November, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
How to Hack Your Breaking News Feed
When a big news event happens, we immediately turn to social networks like Twitter and Facebook to find the most up-to-date info. But things like fake pictures of missing people, hate-group trolling memes and livestreams of the wrong event proliferate our networks. This introductory workshop with Liza Hearon (Deputy Editor of Mashable UK) and Gianluca Mezzofiore (reporter for the Real Time team at Mashable in London) will show you case studies and give you the tools to discern the real from the fake, and help you organise your social media feeds so they can be more informative next time.
How to Hack Your Breaking News Feed with Mashable – Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Digital Security Training for Journalists (Private Event)
Tactical Tech invite you to a 2-hour digital security training session. Developed for journalists, the session will help you to start thinking abut digital security, followed with hands-on training and advice, covering different digital security tools, and when and how to use them.
Digital Security Training for Journalists – Thursday, 9 November, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CryptoParties are free events where you can discuss topics such as privacy, surveillance, digital rights; where you can learn how to protect your data and how to make your devices more secure. CryptoParties are open to total beginners as much as experts. The Cryptopary at The Glass Room will be organised by Cryptoparty London.
Cryptoparty – Friday, 10 November, 2017 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Making The Glass Room
Want a special insight into the creation of The Glass Room? Let the curators of the exhibition – Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski of Tactical Tech – show you around the space, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the art works and displays and revealing the research and investigations that went into making and curating them.
Making The Glass Room – Sunday, 29 October, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Making The Glass Room – Sunday, 5 November, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Making The Glass Room – Sunday, 12 November, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UK Premiere: PRE-CRIME (2017)
Written and directed by Monika Hielscher & Matthias Heeder
UK Premiere of the film, which has been touring film festivals worldwide. At the screening, visitors will be able to take part in the interactive ‘Pre-Crime Calculator’. In this experience, you’ll be able to test how much of a potential suspect or a victim you are in the eyes of the system.
UK Premiere: PRE-CRIME (2017) – Saturday, 28 October, 2017 8:00 pm
A film by By Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode – traces the desires and anxieties of today’s hyper-connected world back more than a hundred years, when telephone, film and television were new. Just like contemporary social media, early electric media sparked a fervent utopianism in the public imagination – promising total communication, the annihilation of distance, and an end to war. But then, too, there were fears over the erosion of privacy, security and morality.
Dreams Rewired – Saturday, 4 November, 2017 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Billion Dollar Dissident
Artist and filmmaker Manu Luksch’s recent film shot in the United Arabic Emirates, where she gained unprecedented access to a key corporate player and a dissident voice. Their contrasting insights provide food for thought for all users of smart gadgets and systems globally.
The Billion Dollar Dissident – Saturday, 11 November, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Black Code (2016)
Nicholas de Pencier’s film Black Code follows members of the Toronto-based group Citizen Lab, who travel the world to expose unprecedented levels of global digital espionage. The film reveals exiled Tibetan monks attempting to circumvent China’s surveillance apparatus; Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts; Brazilian activists who use social media to livestream police abuses; and Pakistani opponents of online violence campaigns against women. Black Code examines the complex global impact of the internet on free speech, privacy and activism.
Black Code (2016) – Saturday, 11 November, 2017 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm
‘I learned a number of easy tricks that can make a huge difference in terms of online privacy.’ – Vogue on The Glass Room NYC
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.
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.