Big Tech shattered in Glass Room art exhibition


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The Glass Room art show opens in San Francisco on Wednesday and is complimentary to the general public.

Lucas Saugen

Big Tech deals with a numeration. Personal information is taken and dripped. Social media business are blamed for assisting overturn democracy, in addition to irritating ethnic stress and genocide. Tech employees themselves are opposing versus their companies over harassment and discrimination.

One art exhibit wants to catch all of this and more. The Glass Room has 50 setups that utilize genuine information to take a look at how innovation has actually formed our lives and our world — for much better or for even worse. The show at first opened in Berlin in 2016 and has actually because displayed in London and New York. The exhibit will open on Wednesday in San Francisco, the northern annex of Silicon Valley.

The program is pertaining to “the belly of the beast,” stated Erica Terry Derryck, senior director of interactions for Mozilla, which is sponsoring the exhibit.

Inside a two-story, glass-walled shop, the setups welcome individuals for more information about the inner machinations of the leading tech business and their own digital footprints. Each display screen is implied to be thought-provoking and trigger a discussion around innovation.

“We read about these things but it’s quite hard to visualize,” stated Stephanie Hankey, co-curator of the Glass Room. 


Pages and pages are filled with passwords taken in the 2012 ConnectedIn information breach.

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One setup is stacked with white, hard-bound books which contain all of the passwords taken in the 2012 ConnectedIn information breach. (The expert network’s head office is 5 blocks from the exhibition.) In that breach, a hacker pilfered 6.5 million passwords and published them to a Russian criminal offense online forum. In another setup, the artist makes a visualization of her whole online searching history over the last numerous years. She welcomes individuals to engage with the exhibition and erase parts of her history.

An area of the exhibit takes a look at “the Big Five”: Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. These business are a few of the wealthiest and most prominent on the planet, generating billions of users and their information.

One show takes a look at the real expense of “free technology” by seeing just how much cash Google makes from targeted advertisements. Another reveals what Amazon does to guarantee employee performance in its factories. There’s likewise a Rolodex of all of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s public apologies, from FaceMash to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

“It’s taking Facebook’s idea of ‘move fast and break things,'” Hankey stated. “And asking, ‘can everything that’s been broken be fixed?'”


One setup reveals more than 100 tech employee demonstrations over the last 10 years.

Lucas Saugen

Other parts of the exhibit take a look at facial acknowledgment, psychological acknowledgment, predictive policing, iris scanning and crowd security. Another group of screens study how tech gizmos are made and the minerals, radioactive waste and labor associated with their production.

“I don’t see it as criticism because most of the companies know this is happening,” Hankey stated. “I see it more as a discussion or debate.”

The Glass Room will be displaying in San Francisco from Oct. 16 to Nov. 3 and is complimentary to the general public.

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