The Glass Room: An Investigation and Intervention into Our Online Lives Pops-up in New York

Brought to New York by Mozilla and Tactical Tech

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At first glance, The
Glass Room
looks like another slick tech store offering the latest
shiny digital consumer products. Go inside, and you’ll find something
more unusual on the tables – an “Unfit Bit” for fabricating exercise
data, a facial recognition system to monitor event attendance, and the
Sociometric badge for tracking employee workplace activity, such as who
talks to whom, where and how often.

Launching on November 29, The Glass Room is actually a faux storefront
where the ‘products’ are artworks, investigations and activist projects
designed to provoke personal reflection and public commentary on
personal data, privacy and security. Some, like the Sociometric badge
and the Churchix facial-recognition attendance tracker, are real
products in the market today. The onsite volunteer store team is a
helpful group of hoodie-wearing “inGeniouses”. Rather than upsell
visitors on more memory or extra gadgets, the inGeniouses engage
visitors in an examination of their online lives and offer strategies to
better control personal data and privacy.

The Glass Room exhibition includes 54 objects and artworks spread across
four tables:

  • Open the Box – a visualization and exploration of what our personal
    data looks like
  • Something to Hide -a look at how personal data is captured that forces
    us to consider whether we actually have nothing to hide
  • Normal is Boring – an exploration of ambitious and alarming moonshot
    projects U.S. tech giants are pursuing with their vast wealth
  • Big Mama – a look at tech innovations that normalize surveillance
    under the mandate of care
  • And a Data Detox Bar – a drop in bar that teaches visitors how to
    better control their online data and privacy

A whimsical yet sobering interlude to the holiday shopping season, The
Glass Room is presented by Mozilla, the makers of the Firefox browser,
and curated by Tactical Technology, a Berlin-based nonprofit, working at
the intersection of tech, activism and politics. Spread across a spartan
space in NoLita, The Glass Room is a space to explore our own data
traces, spark examination of our own online lives, and find out how –
using a selection of free, alternative apps and a Data Detox guide – to
take back some control over our digital selves.

The Glass Room
201 Mulberry Street, New York, NY, 10012
Dates: November 29, 2016 –
December 14, 2016
Regular Hours: Daily 12 – 8 PM Special Hours:
Tue. November 29, 2016 Noon – 4 PM

About Mozilla

Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the open web for more than
15 years. We promote open standards that enable innovation and advance
the Web as a platform for all. Today, hundreds of millions of people
worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to experience the Web on computers,
tablets and mobile devices. For more information, visit

About Tactical

Tactical Tech is a non-profit organization, working since 2003 to
advance the use of information and digital technologies by advocates and
activists worldwide. Based in Berlin, we work with an international
network of partners and collaborators to help rights, accountability and
transparency advocates and the communities they work with to use
information and digital technologies effectively in their work. Working
at the intersection of tech, activism and politics, Tactical Tech
reaches more than three million people worldwide annually through
exhibitions, events, training and online resources.,


Tactical Tech
Gary Wright, +49 30 41715333
Alexander, +1 917 214 3458
& Partners / Mozilla
Sara Mandel, +1 646 765 6411
(for international inquiries)