‘(…) a disturbing array of well-told stories about data.’ – Forbes on The Glass Room NYC

The Glass Room programme, Our Data, Our Selves, questions: how does the collection of our data change the way we live?

Through a series of talks, discussions, films and tours by invited authors, researchers, technologists, journalists, artists, filmmakers, academics, activists and human rights defenders… Our Data, Our Selves, investigates who we are, where we came from, and where we are going in the context of our quantified society.

Through a series of introductory workshops led by Ingeniuses, additionally you’ll get practical skills for understanding and managing the flow of personal data in the digital world.

Event Programme: Our Data, Our Selves

  • 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?

Ingenius Workshops

‘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, our trained Ingeniuses will run introductory level one-hour workshops that offer practical tools and resources to help you to take 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 will enable you to think more critically about the tools you use, what questions you should ask, and why the answers matter. You will also be introduced to some alternative chat apps, email providers, and search tools that allow you 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 will explore 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 will explore 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 will 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 will take a critical look at Facebook, and explore 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 focuses 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.


‘(…) it feels good to take back even a little bit of control.’ – Financial Times on The Glass Room NYC

The Glass Room is pleased to present leading voices who are illuminating the role technology plays on society, culture and individuals.

Mahsa Alimardani

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

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

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

!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

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

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

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

Lina Dencik, Arne Hintz & Joanna Redden, Data Justice Lab

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

Wesley Goatley

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

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

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

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

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

Surya Mattu

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.


Algorithmic Disobedience with Surya Mattu – Saturday, 11 November, 2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Carl Miller

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

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

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.

SOLD OUT - 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

Brett Scott

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 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

Danja Vasiliev

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. Danja Vasiliev is a Critical Engineer currently living and working in Berlin. He studies systems and networks through “anti-disciplinary” experimentation with hardware and software. 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