In The Loop, June 2023

8 minutes read | First published: June 27, 2023
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🎙️ Launching the second season of the Exposing the Invisible podcast

Are you ready to dive deeper into the investigation world with Season 2 of the Exposing the Invisible podcast? New interviews with groundbreaking investigators, innovative methods and thriving communities await. Stay tuned for the reveal 🚀. Sneak peek of the new session! In the first episode, "It takes a village to fight bad actors", senior investigator Richard Ngamita about collaboration between Big Tech and civil society, his experiences and more. Listen to the first episode
Produced by the Exposing the Invisible team.

🔍 New study about the transparency of Facebook disclaimers in the 2022 Lebanon elections

Ads about social issues, elections or politics may require a disclaimer that indicates the entity or person responsible for the ad. This research by Rayan Shaya explores if the campaign messages which ran during the 2022 Lebanese election through Facebook were being appropriately attributed, or rather, if the measures in place by Facebook were accomplishing transparency. Read the complete case study here

🖼️ The What The Future Wants exhibition for youth is now available in Swahili and Slovak

Organisations, cultural centres, teachers, young collectives and leaders working on digital and media literacy initiatives for young people: We have good news. The Wath The Future Wants exhibition that was co-developed with and for young people is now available in two new languages:

🕵️ New Data Detox guide to help you avoid the most common internet-enabled scams

Have you ever received suspicious emails promising you money or benefits? Our new guide, “Too Good to Be True: Shining a Light on Online Scams”, co-written by Nikita Mazurov, will provide you with information about the most common internet-enabled scams and practical tips to avoid them. Check out the piece Exposing Internet Scam Operations.


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🔍Applications for the Investigating the Influence Industry summer school are open! deadline: July 5th, 2023

We are calling all journalists, researchers and civil society investigators worldwide interested in investigating the political Influence Industry and how personal data & data-driven technologies influence voters, elections & political processes. Apply to learn tools and tactics used by political actors & companies, investigation techniques and best practices. Apply here

🙋 Be one of the participants in our Exposing the Invisible summer workshops! Deadline: June 30th, 2023

Calling all the journalists, activists, artists, researchers, citizen investigators, and others conducting investigations to apply to be one of the participants of the interactive workshop series on covering the topics of climate change adaptation, mapping disinformation networks, geolocating images and improving digital safety. Hurry up! Limited spots. Apply

💡 Submit your session's proposal Bread&Net 2023. Deadline: July 16th, 2023

Bread&Net is an open, safe, and diverse space for exchanging knowledge, resources, and strategies that support human rights in a world mediated by technology. Hundreds of activists, technologists, journalists, researchers, lawyers, and academics meet yearly to strengthen the digital rights movement in West Asia and North Africa (WANA). Interested? Send your proposal

🪧 Tactical Tech seeks a translation/publishing consultant. Deadline: July 20th, 2023

In this role, you will be responsible for identifying, improving, streamlining and automating online workflow processes. Your expertise in translation and publishing is essential. If you have a keen eye for detail, excellent communication skills, and a passion for language services, this opportunity is for you! More information


Exhibition 'Fake news. la fábrica de mentiras' exhibition - Espacio Fundación Telefónica Madrid, Spain
Exhibition 'Fake news. La Fábrica de Mentiras' exhibition - Espacio Fundación Telefónica Madrid, Spain. Picture courtesy of Espacio Fundación Telefónica Madrid.

✅ 63rd International Children's Festival - šibenik, Croatia. June 24th - July 8th, 2023

Tactical Tech will deliver Data Detox and What the Future Wants workshops at the Festival. In addition, you can also visit The Glass Room IoT and Misinformation Edition and What the Future Wants. More information

✅ The Glass Room Misinformation edition goes to Delhi, India

The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) is hosting its opening event of the Misinformation Edition exhibition with an expert panel discussion on July 28th. Stay tuned for more information

✅ Data beyond classification - a NOBIAS doctoral school- Hanover, Germany. June 28th - 30th, 2023

This is a space to think critically about using data-driven systems that classify people to decide how they are treated. Tactical Tech will host the 'Love Your Data' workshop on June 29th. More information

✅ 'Fake News. La Fábrica De Mentiras' Exhibition - Espacio Fundación Telefónica Madrid, Spain. June 15th - November 19th, 2023

The exhibition includes four apps from The Glass Room looking at Misinformation. More information

✅ News Impact Summit: Elevating Climate Journalism - European Journalism Centre, Lisbon, Portugal. October 12th, 2023

The 2023 News Impact Summit in Lisbon will explore the vibrant intersection between journalism and climate science, addressing the challenges and opportunities climate journalists face in an era of rapid technological advancements and growing climate urgency. Register


🌟 RWIZI NETWORK: Building resilience in Uganda

Using and adapting Tactical Tech's material, the Rwizi-Network hosted a Training of Trainers, online outreaches and a Misinformation Edition exhibition under #Knowtechnologyimpactsonyou. The Rwizi-Newrok reached 15 Civil Society Organizations and over 200 community members in the Ankole region, Uganda. Discover more..

🌟 FORSET: Educational programs focused on youth and rural regions

ForSet translated and adapted Data Detox Kit: Essential Guides in Georgian and integrated the materials into ForSet's educational programs with 100 to 200 young beneficiaries per year. ForSet also hosted four online workshop sessions for five trainers from rural regions and online Training of Trainers workshops, reaching an additional 60 people. Discover more.

🌟 YASSER MACHAT: A content creator using storytelling strategies to promote digital literacy

Yasser is a content creator and communications specialist from Tunisia with 400.000 followers across social media platforms. Yasser is partnering with Tactical Tech to develop innovative content that promotes digital literacy. His video on digital rights and practical steps has reached over 147k views. Discover more.
Screenshot of the video created by Yasser Machat
Screenshot of the video created by Yasser Machat to promote digital literacy.

🌟 ROEHANA PROJECT: Building the resilience of human rights defenders in Indonesia

This is an alternative journalism organization in Indonesia that focuses on issues of democracy, human rights, gender and women, culture, and environment with a progressive perspective. In this 2023 partnership with Tactical Tech, they conducted training for 20 human rights defenders from 11 NGOs in Indonesia. Discover more.


Researchers suggest that the dominant narrative of "smart borders" in Europe presents technologies as a neutral & transparent means to regulate migration & border practices. However, this may conceal structural violence & discrimination. We asked our audience how society can create a new narrative. This is how the community answered our poll.
Results of the poll. Critical investigation: 65.4%. More democratic controls: 19.2%. Raising awareness: 15.4%
Results of the poll. Produced by communications Tactical Tech
Recommended reading: "The European Digital Border: Narratives on technology and practices of control in the governing of migrant mobilities" by Jacopo Anderlini, commissioned by Disruption Network Lab as a part of their project SMART PRISONS: Tracking, Monitoring & Control.


  • [🔍 REPORT] 2023 Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) Breaking down gender biases: Shifting social norms towards gender equality by UNDP - Human Development Reports. Go to source
  • [💻 INTERACTIVE COMIC] Goodnight Phone - an interactive comic by Gina Wynbrandt. Go to source
  • [💻 REPORT] The Unfreedom Monitor - A Methodology for Tracking Digital Authoritarianism Around the World by Global Voices. Go to source
  • [📝 REPORT] Comprehensive Report of the Task Force for a Trustworthy Future Web by the Atlantic Council Task Force for a Trustworthy Future Web. Go to source
  • [🗣️ OPINION] Replacing the capitalist dream of AI-driven profits, by Sonali Kolhatkar. Go to source
  • [📝 MULTIMEDIA ARTICLE] Humans Are Biased. Generative AI Is Even Worse Stable Diffusion's text-to-image model amplifies stereotypes about race and gender — here's why that matters by Leonardo Nicoletti and Dina Bass. Go to source
  • [📗 ARTICLE] Climate Crisis Is on Track to Push One-Third of Humanity Out of Its Most Livable Environment by Abrahm Lustgarten. Go to source
  • [💻 ARTICLE] How Investigative Journalists Can Fight Back Against New, Enhanced Surveillance Threats by Alexa van Sickle. Go to source
  • [📝 POLICY & LAW] The Artificial Intelligence Act. Go to source

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