I’m recommending a visit to The Glass Room in London this weekend if you’re able. (It’s free but donations are welcomed.) I went yesterday late afternoon. It’s an impressive looking space. Walking around the exhibit, however, I couldn’t help thinking that the overriding sense visitors would come away with, after learning how our data is collected, stored and used, is one of powerlessness.
I brought this up with one of the Tactical Technology Collective who are dotted around and available to chat to. He recognised visitors do get a sense of being creeped out or not in control, but this is exactly why TTC had put together, and people could pick-up for free, their Data Detox Kit (now also available online). With this kit, he said, people not only left with a practical tool to enable them to take back some control, but they hoped these people also left with a sense of optimism.
Reading: The Driver’s Seat, Muriel Spark
People should be delighted by what happened yesterday. Not because it means the end of Uber, but because they’re actually answerable to something other than the greed of those who run it (13/13)
End of a thoroughly decent thread by Pete Paphides the other day.
The Nursery are currently running an Indiegogo campaign to fund their new theatre space near Liverpool Street. I’ve been spending a bit of time recently in their current space at London Bridge (which they are retaining), so I thought I’d try to lend a hand by posting about the campaign.
The good news is they have already reached their initial target; the even better news is they’ve extended the campaign (The Nursery Power Up), so if you wish you can still check out what they’re about, contribute and receive one of their perks for doing so.
A few events are happening this week that a couple of my friends have organised / are participating in. I’m hoping to go to both. And I thought to mention them for anyone who might be interested and near the respective areas.
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