Episode 1 — Artefacts, Objects and Exhibitions

In this episode, we talk to the Project Coordinator of The Glass Room Project at Tactical Tech, a Berlin-based international NGO that engages with citizens and civil-society organisations to explore the impacts of technology on society.

In this podcast, we discuss the ways in which technology can be made a public conversation through the use of artefacts, objects and exhibitions. We explore how these interventions can be used to help people understand the impact of data and technology in their lives. The podcast connects to discussions on the misformation edition of the Glass Room project, the ways in which Tactical Tech collaborates globally, and also how they encourage and support organizing around digital rights issues around the world.

You can learn more about The Glass Room Project Misinformation Edition here and the Data Detox kit here.


About the project

Places and populations that were previously digitally invisible are now part of a ‘data revolution’ that is being hailed as a transformative tool for human and economic development. Yet this unprecedented expansion of the power to digitally monitor, sort, and intervene is not well connected to the idea of social justice, nor is there a clear concept of how broader access to the benefits of data technologies can be achieved without amplifying misrepresentation, discrimination, and power asymmetries.

We therefore need a new framework for data justice integrating data privacy, non-discrimination, and non-use of data technologies into the same framework as positive freedoms such as representation and access to data. This project will research the lived experience of data technologies in high- and low-income countries worldwide, seeking to understand people’s basic needs with regard to these technologies. We will also seek the perspectives of civil society organisations, technology companies, and policymakers.