Friday, May 13th, 2016
Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) at the Dortmunder U, Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse, 44137 Dortmund
Organizer: HMKV, Office medienwerk.nrw
On May 13th, 2016, a lecture by the author and net activist Markus Beckedahl (netzpolitik.org) took place to accompany the exhibition “Whistleblowers & Vigilantes” of the Hartware MedienKunstVerein at the Dortmunder U. Starting with a case which made headlines nationwide, the event was devoted to current issues of surveillance and dissidence in the context of digital culture and society.
In summer of 2015, an Attorney General had initiated investigations against two journalists from netzpolitik.org. This happened because netzpolitik.org published excerpts from the budgets of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which proved that two years after Snowden, network surveillance in Germany had massively expanded.
Thanks to the huge wave of solidarity, #Landesverrat (#treason) became a small state affair, which sent the Attorney General into retirement and left many questions open. Markus Beckedahl (editor-in-chief of netzpolitik.org) and one of the people affected by the investigations reviewed in a lecture the #Landesverrat-affair and showed that a watchful civil society is important and necessary in times of increasing surveillance.
About Markus Beckedahl:
Markus Beckedahl is chief editor of netzpolitik.org and a former state-certified traitor in the initial suspicion. He co-founded newthinking GmbH and the re:publica conferences, which he has been organising since 2007. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Medienrat der Landesmedienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg. From 2010 to 2013 he was an expert on the Enquetekommission Internet und digitale Gesellschaft im Deutschen Bundestag. As author and editor, he discussed central issues of network policy in several books.
Moderation: Fabian Saavedra-Lara (medienwerk.nrw)
The office medienwerk.nrw was funded by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Office hosted by: Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund.