Project Leader and Manager, Network Facilitator, Workshop Design, Facilitation,  Producing

In March 2020, CRIN joined the Digital Maker Collective at the Tate Modern’s Tate Exchange to explore the intersection between art schools, technology and social good.


For this year’s event, we developed a series of workshops and talks introducing the general public to children’s rights and the digital environment, including the installation ‘Welcome to Happyland’ exploring surveillance, a panel on the ethics of children’s data and finally, a panel on surveillance, facial recognition and its dangers.  


1. Ethics of Children’s data

Panelists: DefendDigitalMe, Open Data Institute, Young Coders Meet-Up & CRIN

On Saturday 6th March, along with Jen from DefendDigitalMe, Renata from Open Data Institute, Leo from CRIN & -18s from Young Coders group participated in a panel on the ethics of children’s data. The panel explored how children in the digital age face a high risk of being exploited for their personal information by the State and commercial agencies; they are less likely than adults to be aware of their legal right to privacy, the number of ways their data is being collected, used or misused in their daily lives. The panelists discussed the new and emerging threats to children in the digital age, how we can ensure the data that is collected is handled more ethically and equip children with the tools to defend their human rights.

2. Surveillance and facial recognition: what are the dangers?

Panelists: Privacy International, Big Brother Watch, Digital Maker Collective & CRIN.


On Saturday 6th March, we invited Griff Ferris, the legal and policy officer from Big Brother Watch & Ioannis Kouvakas, the legal and policy officer from Privacy International to talk about surveillance, specifically facial recognition, and how it can be abused by specific powers against citizens. 

From monitoring people on the streets of London to building private surveillance networks, the growing use of surveillance poses serious threats to our fundamental rights. What are those threats and which tools should we be careful of?


In addition to the panel, Privacy International delivered two workshops on “Surveillance Incorporated” where the audience got to learn tactics to exercise their human rights and protect your data at the "Rights Clinic". The public could also get involved in a "Choose your own Adventure" workshop exploring a dystopian story set in 2025 London where facial recognition cameras have become a reality, operated by both police and private companies.