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Anti-surveillance backpack preventing information on phones and chip cards from being traced - Project KOVR, Polyester with copper and nickel, Netherlands, 2020
© House of European History, Brussels, Belgium

Digital revolution

New technologies are radically changing the way we live, communicate and interact with each other. The world is becoming more interconnected, offering many opportunities but also creating new risks.

Data is now considered the ‘new oil’ and with that, digital privacy has become one of the biggest challenges of our time. Collecting information about our behaviour, thoughts, and desires allows companies to influence and manipulate our lives and the choices we make. New communication tools have now paved the way for far-reaching surveillance and the rapid spread of disinformation.

Without us even noticing, the democratic process of entire societies may be undermined and citizens could lose their freedom of choice.