Dealing with personal data

by 3 September 2020


Dealing with personal data




Disruption Network Lab



Amber Macintyre



Part of the DNL Activation programme
Cost: free admission · Language: English

Registration: The number of participants is limited to 15. Booking is essential.
Please get your ticket here

Warming up to our 20th conference DATA CITIES: Smart Technologies, Tracking & Human Rights (25-27 September 2020, Studio 1, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien), we invite you to join us for a workshop by Amber Macintyre of Tactical Tech on safely handling personal data when organising events, demonstrations or workshops. Together we will work on exploring issues surrounding personal data, and on understanding what decisions we can make to reduce risks.

Tactical Tech is an international NGO that engages with citizens and civil-society organisations to explore and mitigate the impacts of technology on society. Their applied research project Data and Activism examines the impact of data collection and profiling on human rights defenders, activists and networks.


-Introduction to the conference Data Cities: Smart Technologies, Tracking & Human Rights
– Introduction to the Tactical Tech
– Workshop
– Drinks and networking

Workshop: Dealing with personal data – an organiser’s perspective

NGOs, independent initiatives and communities increasingly work with personal data in many of their operations, such as planning demonstrations, running petitions, communicating with their audiences through mailing lists, social media campaigns, and fundraising. Due to the variety of problems surrounding personal data including privacy, security and finding the right tools, many organisers are looking for guidance on how to make the right decisions on how to use personal data. However, most of the guidance is usually legal and technical, such as GDPR, and has little direction for what this looks like for every day practice.

This workshop will present a series of questions and frameworks for organisations, independent initiatives and communities to use to make decisions around personal data. The specific example of organising meetings, demonstrations, workshops and other types of events will be used. This includes how people show interest in attending any type of event, how to get them there, how to publicise the event, and how to evaluate its success – all of which require interaction with personal data. The framework is designed to support you in leading your own exploration and understanding the solutions needed to reduce the risks associated with personal data.

This workshop will involve a series of playful activities, discussion groups and finally a space to begin to develop a data policy together. Participants do not need to bring anything.

The workshop is free of admission and the number of seats is limited to 15. Booking is essential. You can reserve a spot here

Workshop instructor

Amber Macintyre is a researcher and trainer working on the topics of technology and human rights at Tactical Tech. She began working at Amnesty International, where she developed strategy on, and trained others in, how to use digital technologies in campaigns. Wanting to take a more critical angle on technology, she took time to reflect on the practices and went to study a Master’s in International Law. After, she continued her research on the topic, completing a PhD which examines the ethical and effective use of personal data in NGOS. For the last two years, she has been working as a researcher and facilitator at Tactical Tech, critically examining the use of personal data in campaigns, whether conducted by political parties for elections or NGOs and social action groups, and developing resources to encourage better practices.

Funded by: Senatsverwaltung Für Kultur Und Europa (Senate Department for Culture and Europa, Berlin), Bundeszentrale Für Politische Bildung, the Reva and David Logan Foundation (Grant Provided by Neo Philanthropy), the Guerrilla Foundation, Checkpoint Charlie Foundation. Supported [in Part] by a Grant From the Foundation Open Society Institute in Cooperation with the OSIFE of the Open Society Foundations. Part of Re-Imagine Europe co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

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