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The Glass Room “Who cares if I like bachata and I’m secretly passionate about model trains?” Says one The Glass Room of the brochures of the exhibition The Glass Room Experience, present until Sunday in Barcelona, ​​at the Sonar + D congress and the Maker Faire fair. The sample worries the visitor. It is a reflection on the effects of the fact that internet giants like Google and Facebook accumulate large amounts of data about us to acquire “special powers” ​​and offer us tailored services. Perhaps the fondness for bachata and trains is irrelevant but, “with the passage of time, from all these sets of information digital patterns emerge about our intimacy: habits, movements, relationships”. It’s the warning in the introductory text of the 8-Day Data Detox Kit, the gift of exposure.

“It’s common,” says Alistair Alexander, director of the project promoted by the NGO Tactical Technology Collective and Mozilla, about the fact that in most cases Internet users do not read the terms and conditions of the sites where they register. In fact, the “unseen internet” section of the sample includes a video from the Australian consumer association CHOICE. In it, an actor reads the terms and conditions of Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader. According to the organization, the reading time is 8 hours and 59 minutes. “Totally dysfunctional and very difficult to correct,” says Alexander.