Workshop: Raisina Dialogue, Delhi, India

Thanks to an invitation from the Observer Research Foundation, I was able to join this year’s Raisina Dialogue from January 7-11 in (New) Delhi, India where we spent many, many hours (think of an official 9am-10.30pm programme) discussing geopolitical power dynamics and shifts in the current world order.

It wasn’t just a packed programme, it also provided me with some new perspectives and plenty of delegates challenging my own assumptions and worldviews. And while there were several discussions around cybersecurity, internet governance, and emerging technologies; the one discussion that left a lasting impression and had us up in debate for hours after hours was the one dedicated to the impact of #metoo and feminism more broadly across different regions: It’s a long way to equality. Let’s never give up!

Moderation: FoME Symposium, Berlin

Manipulation of Public Opinion in Social Media: Actors, Trends, Counter-strategies” — this wasn’t exactly an easy to digest or necessarily uplifting topic, but it has been a great pleasure quizzing Lisa-Maria Neudert, John Jal Dak, and Amber Macintyre about their research and insights into the various complexities of (social) media capture during the Forum Media and Development Symposium 2018 at the premises of FES Berlin.

Recordings should be up soon.

Panel: Internet Governance Forum, Paris

On November 12, I was joined by Ephraim Kenyanito, Shashank Mohan, and Solana Larsen at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to talk about whether it has become a luxury to disconnect during the 2018 Internet Governance Forum. It was a fantastic, insightful panel, one with plenty of personal stories sharing our individual passions to protect privacy in the digital age. This is also why the featured image focuses on fun, rather than the seriousness of the UN setup.

AMA: Mozfest House, London, UK

On October 23, I had the pleasure to host Moritz Riesewieck, one of the directors of the award-winning documentary “The Cleaners” at the RSA in London. As part of Mozfest House, we screened the documentary to a very interested, knowledgeable audience and invited them in the following “Ask me Anything” session to think about potential future projects for these two talented directors…

… Because the digital rights movement is struggling with many challenges. If you have an idea which one would lend itself to a visualisation of the human element in the debate — let me know!

Keynote: Smart City Arena, Frankfurt am Main

Am 18. September war ich eingeladen auf dem 12. Bundeskongress für nationale Stadtentwicklungspolitik zum Thema “Datenschutz und Smart Cities” zu sprechen. Die Möglichkeit, mich in diesen Aspekt von Digitalisierung — insbesondere aus dem Blickwinkel von “Luxury To Disconnect” — einzuarbeiten, war höchst interessant, weshalb ich den Beitrag auch veröffentliche.

Die Verschriftlichung meines Vortrages ist hier zu lesen.

Article: There’s a techlash. The G20 should listen.

The Internet is at risk. Once thought of as the global equalizer, opening doors for communication, work opportunities, commerce and more – the Internet is now increasingly viewed with skepticism. We are witnessing a trend where people feel let down by the technology they use. Fueled by unease and uncertainty about the growing scope of threats to security and privacy that come with an always-on, tech-driven world, people are now looking for ways to disconnect and are placing greater emphasis on values and human interaction.

Read the full piece written jointly with Constance Bommelaer de Leusse (Internet Society) and Nnenna Nwakanma (Web Foundation) here.

Auf Deutsch bei Heise.

En Español por InfoChannel Mexico.

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