What the Future Wants is a youth initiative from Tactical Tech that aims to put young people in the driving seat of their digital futures through education, co-creation and capacity building.

Young people grow up in an environment that is increasingly driven by and dependent upon digital technologies. Their social, learning and play spaces are being encroached upon by ubiquitous technologies so that the divide between public and private, online and offline is being eroded. At a time of crucial development this leaves them exposed to a unique set of challenges, such as tech habit and addiction, information pollution, algorithms and discrimination and data surveillance.

What the Future Wants seeks to define and address these challenges alongside young people and those that support them. Through research, educational curricula and creative interventions, we work towards increasing the data literacy of the next generation so that they can think critically and proactively about the digital environment they want to live in now and in the future.


What the Future Wants exhibition is a public education intervention, co-developed with young people, that explores the impacts of technology on society.

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Currently available in Albanian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili and Swedish. More languages coming soon.

Data Detox x Youth

Data Detox x Youth is an activity book to help young people take control of their tech. This interactive toolkit encourages young people to think about different aspects of their digital lives, from their social media profiles to their passwords, with simple activities for reflection and play. The activity book includes sections on digital privacy, digital security, digital wellbeing and misinformation.

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Also available in العربية Arabic, Basque, Brazilian Português, Čeština (Czech), Deutsch (German), Español, Français (French), ქართული ენა (Georgian), Ελληνικά (Greek), Hrvatski (Croatian), Italiano, Nederlands, Norsk, Português, Română, Türkçe and Shan.


Additional resources, designed to create more learning opportunities for young people to enhance critical thinking around digital technologies.

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Our work with partners

Check out the creative and unique ways our partners are championing media literacy in their communities.

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If you are working on similar topics and want to collaborate we would love to hear from you. Please send an email to youth@tacticaltech.org.

Articles and research

Explore our articles where we reflect on how digital technologies are impacting young people and share our experience working with youth to create critical digital literacy resources.

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40 Countries

WTFW Events have been carried out in 40 countries, bringing the conversation to classrooms, libraries, festivals around the world. Get in touch if you would like to host in your country.

18,500 Participants

More than 18,500 people have participated at the WTFW events worldwide.

20 Languages

The Exhibition materials have been translated into 20 languages - Albanian, Basque, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili and Swedish - with many more to come (Bosnian, Gujarati, Khmer, Serbian, Turkish...).

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