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Internet and Democracy

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German and English language
Head of Office, Open Europe, Brussels
Informatiker und Buchautor; Mitbegründer, OpenLeaks, Berlin
State Secretary ret.; Former President, BND - German Federal Intelligence Service, Berlin
Chief Executive, Index on Censorship, London
Chief Correspondent, Die Welt, Berlin


Head of Office, Open Europe, Brussels

Speechwriter, Belgian Secretary for Administrative Reform Vincent Van Quickenborne, Brussels Co-founder and fellow, Itinera Institute, Brussels
 Academic Degree in law and economics


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

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


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

Promotion Dr. phil Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Wirtschaftshochschule Mannheim Vortragender, University of Sussex Habilitation, Technischen Universität Darmstadt Ord. Lehrstuhl für Mittelalterliche und Neuere Geschichte, Friedrich Alexander-Universität Erlangen Universität Harvard Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton New Jersey /1980 Rufe nach Kiel und Berlin, abgelehnt Aussenpolitischer Berater, Bundeskanzler Kohl, Berlin Leitartikler der FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Direktor, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Thinktank der Bundesregierung), Ebenhausen Autor der NZZ - Neue Zürcher Zeitung
 Studium der Geschichte und Philosophie in Marburg, Berlin, London (LSE)

Political Symposium

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13:00 - 14:20 Opening Plenary
14:30 - 16:30 Systemic Change for Global Economic Justice Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 Special Lecture: Climate Justice Plenary
18:30 - 20:00 Cocktail Reception hosted by ERSTE Foundation Social


07:15 - 09:00 Peacebuilding and Development Cooperation Plenary
09:30 - 11:00 Current Issues in International Jurisdiction Plenary
13:00 - 14:30 Global Commons – Fair Use and Implications for Security Policy Plenary
15:00 - 16:30 Historical Memories and Transitional Justice Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 Special Lecture: North Africa’s Young Civil Society Plenary


07:00 - 08:30 Justice in Solidary Communities Plenary
09:00 - 10:30 Internet and Democracy Plenary