The Glass Room is a public intervention that provides an interactive, fun, and challenging experience, bringing to life the most pressing challenges facing people and the tech industry today. As technology reaches a global scale and becomes embedded in every part of our lives and our environments, The Glass Room examines its impacts and helps visitors explore practical solutions to mitigate them.
The Glass Room was originally conceived and produced in the context of the exhibition “Nervous Systems” with support from Haus der Kulturen der Welt in the framework of “100 Years of Now” and is based on an original concept developed by Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski, shown in March-May 2016 at the HKW in Berlin, Germany.
Tactical Tech is a Berlin-based, international NGO that explores and mitigates the impact of digital technologies on society. Their mission is to give people the resources they need to make sustainable change in their digital lives, encouraging online privacy, autonomy, and a creative use of technology. Tactical Tech launched The Glass Room project in 2016 to address a growing public awareness around data and privacy, subsequently reaching over 219,000 people in close to 47 countries and generating a global conversation about the impact of big data.
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Exhibitions & Events
The Glass Room comes in various formats from large-scale exhibitions, like those in Berlin, New York, London and San Francisco, to a portable version that can be set up by libraries, schools, festivals and exhibitions around the world.
To see where else you can find The Glass Room, visit our Events page.
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 The Glass Room is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International license.
Data Use Policy
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The Glass Room San Francisco Credits
Concept and Curation
Stephanie Hankey, Marek Tuszynski
Funders and artists
Particular thanks go to Tactical Tech’s funders who have supported the Glass Room project past and present, including:
Oak Foundation, Sida, Open Society Foundations, Luminate and Mozilla.
Special thanks go to the artists and initiatives participating in the Glass Room:
Aram Bartholl, Manuel Beltrán, Tega Brain, James Bridle, Paolo Cirio, Brian Clifton, Kate Crawford, Marc DaCosta, Ingo Diekhaus, Klaas Diersmann, Dries Depoorter, DISNOVATION.ORG, Oli Frost, Wesley Goatley, Kyriaki Goni, Adam Harvey, Vladan Joler, La Loma, Sam Lavigne, Noah Levenson, Sylvio Lorusso, Low Jack, Kiki Mager, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Joana Moll, Mimi Onuoha, Nayanatara Ranganathan, Sebastian Schmieg, Share Lab, Tactical Tech, The Critical Engineering Working Group, Francis Tseng, Unknown Fields
The Glass Room San Francisco Development Lead (Tactical Tech)
The Glass Room San Francisco Development Lead (Mozilla)
The Glass Room San Francisco Production Team
Mary Richerson Producer with Joty Dhaliwal, Maciej Pluta and Tiare Ribeaux
The Glass Room Berlin Production
The Glass Room Graphic Design
Yiorgos Bagakis, Ingo Diekhaus, Klaas Diersmann and Katja Hommel
'Trust in Us' table co-production
Animations by Tactical Tech designed and produced by Klaas Diersmann, based on works by James Bridle, Wolfie Christi, Open Data City, M.C. McGrath, Share Lab and Tactical Tech
The Glass Room Ingenius Workshops and Training, San Francisco
Alistair Alexander, Safa Ghnaim, Matt Mitchell and Marek Tuszynski
Project Management and Support
Alistair Alexander, Daniela O'Halloran, Caroline Kent and Maciej Pluta
The Glass Room Program
Janette Ciborowski, Daniel Kessler and Christy Lange
Additional Research and Development
Nicole Ayo von Thun, Varoon Bashyakarla, Cade Diehm, Safa Ghnaim, Patrick Harvey, Olivia Kan-Sperling, Daisy Kidd, Christy Lange, Amber Macintyre and Gary Wright
Technology and Websites
Alistair Alexander, Jacopo Anderlini, Yiorgos Bagakis, Laurent Delleré, Cade Diehm, Georgia Hansford, Mikko Lipiainen, Saqib Sohail and Danja Vasiliev
Communications, Press and Outreach
Nicole Ayo von Thun, Janette Ciborowski, Rainer Cvillink, Liz Dennebaum, Liz Hull, Caroline Kent, Daisy Kidd, Matt Mitchell and Lucas Saugen Photography
Original Glass Room Concept Design
Data Detox Kit
Yiorgos Bagakis, Cade Diehm, Michael Feldman, Safa Ghnaim, Alicia Gray, Stephanie Hankey, Georgia Hansford and Christy Lange
Support from Tactical Tech Team Members past and present
Nicole Ayo von Thun, Varoon Bashyakarla, Emily Deans, Philipp Dollinger, Ida Flik, Jan Griffiths, Sasha Gubskaya, Wael E, Rose Regina Lawrence, Olivia Kan-Sperling, Laura Ranca, Saqib Sohail, Ngan Thi Thu Nguyen, Joanna Tokarz-Haertig, Gary Wright
Internet and Networking
Thanks to the entire Tactical Tech, Mozilla and OneHatOneHand teams and all our current and past collaborators, contractors and partners on the Glass Room project. Especially the HKW, Berlin who got this project started.