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Internet und Demokratie

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German and English language


Head of Office, Open Europe, Brussels Abstract
- The EU' s Lisbon Treaty allows for the EU to take more surveillance measures
- The EU's data retention directive has come under fire in many member states for endangering freedoms and democracy
- So far, democracy has probably been reinforced by the internet, but as with every technology, it can be abused and we should be careful not to give away to those who like to set security ahead of freedom, or we will end up with neither (to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin)
Informatiker und Buchautor; Mitbegründer, OpenLeaks, Berlin Abstract
In 1964 Russian astronomer Nikolai Kardashev defined a scale to measure the technological advancement of a civilization. Starting out as a so-called Type 0 civilization tens of thousands of years ago, by that scale we today are short of reaching a Type 1 civilization, a truly global civilization, within the next 200 years.

While this scale does not regard political systems, societal values or even detail in technological developments, those parameters certainly can be brought in relation to the scale.

Politically, democracy is the system of such a civilization, while technically the internet is the underlying tool for communication of a global community.

The internet and democracy in this respect are interdependent. There will be no free internet without a free democracy, and there will be no free democracy without the free internet. For the sake of the long-term perspective of the freedom of our species, we must not sacrifice either just because the road to that future is bumpy.
State Secretary ret.; Former President, BND - German Federal Intelligence Service, Berlin
Chief Executive, Index on Censorship, London
Chief Correspondent, Die Welt, Berlin Abstract Chair
The internet is both good and bad for democracy.

Good, because it encourages the exchange of information and enhances communication, creates an open marketplace, an educational space, and a global public - as long as the authorities find this agreeable. The internet, unlike GOD, does not forgive and, unlike humans, does not forget.

But bad also, because the internet is at odds with privacy, it creates a false sense of security. It allows almost prmenant control of peole's lives. Data protection becames a dark joke. Big Brother is watching you most of the time. Your chance of hiding as slim, almost non-existent as long a you take part in modern life. It is also a great seducer to waste precious time - and lose touch with reality.


Head of Office, Open Europe, Brussels

 Academic Degree in law and economics
2005-2006 Speechwriter, Belgian Secretary for Administrative Reform Vincent Van Quickenborne, Brussels
2006-2007 Co-founder and fellow, Itinera Institute, Brussels
2007-2008 Lawyer, CMS, Antwerp


Informatiker und Buchautor; Mitbegründer, OpenLeaks, Berlin

 Daniel Domscheit-Berg, born in 1978, helped build the WikiLeaks platform from late 2007 to September 2010, and acted as its spokesperson under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt. He quit WikiLeaks when the project's focus shifted away too much from its initial goals. Domscheit-Berg published a book about his experiences "Inside WikiLeaks", that was published in early 2011 and is translated into 23 languages. He is currently working on the next generation leaking platform called OpenLeaks, building on lessons learned and aiming at a sustainable, long-term solution for more transparency.
 Before WikiLeaks, Domscheit-Berg worked for various fortune 500 companies, mainly building enterprise-scale wireless and wired networks for the automotive and transport industries. A network security expert by trade, Domscheit-Berg is an advocate for transparency and freedom of speech by heart, deeply caring for equal access to knowledge and information in a globalized world.

Dr. August HANNING

State Secretary ret.; Former President, BND - German Federal Intelligence Service, Berlin

1966 Law studies in Münster (Westphalia) and Freiburg (Breisgau)
1971 Judicial clerkship and research assistant
1975 Conferral of the doctorate Dr. jur.; assistant lecturer at Münster University
1976 Fiscal authority of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia
1977 Desk officer at Federal Ministry of the Interior
1981 Desk officer at Federal Chancellery
1986 Head of Division at Permanent Mission of the FRG to the then GDR in East Berlin
1994 Team leader at Federal Chancellery
1996 Director-General at Federal Chancellery (Federal Intelligence Service/BND and coordinator of the intelligence services of the federation)
1998 President of the Bundesnachrichtendienst, BND (German Foreign Intelligence Service)
2005 State secretary at Federal Ministry of the Interior until 2009
2010 Legal Attorney, Consultant


Chief Executive, Index on Censorship, London

 John Kampfner is Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, one of the world's leading free expression organisations. In late 2009 Index launched a successful campaign to change UK libel laws.
 John is also Chair of the board of Turner Contemporary in Margate, Kent. The Turner Contemporary gallery is scheduled to open in spring 2011, making it one of the most important visual arts and regeneration projects in the south east of England.
 John's latest book, Freedom For Sale, was launched in the UK in September 2009 and in the US in March 2010. It is also being published in Italian, Spanish and Russian. Promotion events have taken place around the UK and the rest of the world, from Oslo to Brussels, from Singapore to India. The book was shortlisted for the prestigious Orwell Prize in May 2010. His previous books include the critically acclaimed and best selling Blair's Wars, an account of the former prime minister's militaristic hubris.
 John has presented several documentaries for BBC television and radio. In 2002 he won the Foreign Press Association award for Film of the Year and Journalist of the Year for his two-parter on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, called 'The Ugly War'. His film 'War Spin', exposing the propaganda behind the rescue of Jessica Lynch, received considerable publicity in the US and UK.
 John is a regular pundit for all channels on politics and foreign affairs. He began his career as a foreign correspondent with the Daily Telegraph, first in East Berlin where he reported on the fall of the Wall and the unification of Germany, and then in Moscow at the time of the coup and the collapse of Soviet Communism. On returning to the UK in the mid-1990s, he became Chief Political Correspondent at the FT and political commentator for the BBC's Today programme. Between 2002 and 2005, John was Political Editor of the New Statesman.
 John Kampfner was Editor of the New Statesman from 2005-2008. He was the British Society of Magazine Editors Current Affairs Editor of the Year in 2006.

Dr. Michael STÜRMER

Chief Correspondent, Die Welt, Berlin

 Studium der Geschichte und Philosophie in Marburg, Berlin, London (LSE)
1965 Promotion Dr. phil
1966-1970 Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Wirtschaftshochschule Mannheim
1970-1971 Vortragender, University of Sussex
1971 Habilitation, Technischen Universität Darmstadt
1973-2003 Ord. Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche und Neuere Geschichte, Friedrich Alexander-Universität Erlangen
1976-1977 Universität Harvard
1977-1978 Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton New Jersey
1979/1980 Rufe nach Kiel und Berlin, abgelehnt
1980-1986 Aussenpolitischer Berater, Bundeskanzler Kohl, Berlin
1984-1994 Leitartikler der FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
1988-1998 Direktor, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Thinktank der Bundesregierung), Ebenhausen
1994-1998 Autor der NZZ - Neue Zürcher Zeitung
seit 1998 Chefkorrespondent der Tageszeitung Die Welt und der Welt am Sonntag

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