Whatever happened to Privacy? A Mobilize! Event

"Whatever happened to Privacy?" - International Activism Conference
Documentation of the Conference from 5th to 8th of december
Public days at c-base, Berlin on the 6th and in mindpirates e.V. on the 7th of december
"Whatever happened to privacy" brought together international activists on focal topics and combined bar camp style work sessions and political round tables with a classic public event, It focussed on an issue which has far reaching consequences for politically active people across the world - the issue of privacy and surveillance. The revelations around the NSA and GCHQ as well as other countries secret service digital surveillance activities have spurred political debate. This debate was intensified at "Whatever happened to Privacy?" formulating political demands, developing action strategies and debating questions such as: What cultural and political value does privacy have today?

What are the societal implications of the wide spread "I have nothing to hide" attitude?
What political actions are necessary to protect citizens from mass surveillance and what tools exist for people to secure their communications, movements and lives?

We have gathered for you some press clippings and links and you find the keynote of Priya Basil "HE, SHE, I.T. – Who are we without Privacy?" right here.
As well note the Videodocumentation down below.

Press review
In the course of the conference two printmedia interviews were conducted, for the Neues Deutschland the journalist Uwe Sievers asked Christian Ströbele (MdB Green Party) which consequences the german goverment should draw from the NSA - scandal. Christian Schlüter (Berliner Zeitung) had a long chat with Jacob Appelbaum (Tor-Project, contributor to Der Spiegel) about his exil in Berlin, the power of the secret services and the fight for freedom in the Internetage.

In the context of a longer Reportage for ARTE, Philip Banse documented a part of the conference. Fiete Stegers of NDR Radio collected original voices in regard to the issues of privacy and surveillance and Griet von Petersdorff accompagnied Jacob Appelbaum for a feature being scheduled for ARD morning magazine in January 2014.

Vice magazine did a series of Video - interviews with our participants from India, Jordan, Kenia and China/U.S.A. and put them into Kontext with well - researched facts and kontextual videomaterial. Find all 4 parts here.


"You had your debate" / Privacy and surveillance

Opening and Introduction
Whatever happened to Journalism?
‹You had your debate›
Mass media in the Post-Snowden world

Keynote: Konrad Becker, World-Information.net, Austria

Sonya Yan Song, Mozilla Open News, China/USA
Krystian Woznicki, berlinergazette.de, Berlin
Stefan Candea, thesponge.eu, Romania
Moderator: Lili Masuhr, leidmedien.de, Germany

Privacy and surveillance - The german story

Geraldine de Bastion, curator, Berlin
Markus Beckedahl, netzpolitik.org

From postal flow to facebook traffic - The Penny Post or Why this is all just a little bit of history repeated

Prof. David Vincent, Professor of Social History, The Open University, Milton Keynes , UK

Suspect Societies - Privacy in different cultural contexts

Maria Xynou, Policy Associate, Centre for Internet and
Society (CIS), Bangalore, India

Maria Xynou, cis-india.org, Bangalore, India
Doaa Ali, 7-iber.com, Jordan
Darko Brkan, zastone.ba, Bosnia-Hercegovina
Ahmed Maawy,Pawa254, Kenia

Moderator: Jillian York, Electronic Frontier Foundation, U.S.A.

HE, SHE, I.T. Who are we without privacy? - Fundamental changes in the culture of communication

Priya Basil, authors for peace, theguardian.com, UK

Priya Basil, theguardian.com, UK
Clemens Caspar Mierau, leitmedium.de, Berlin
Marina Weisband, Autorin

Moderator: Christian Römer, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin

Surveillance - The Human Touch What is it like to be the watchman?

Judith Horchert, Spiegel Online, Hamburg
Hans-Christian Ströbele, Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen, Berlin
Wenzel Michalski, Director Human Rights Watch Deutschland

Ben Wagner, Postdoc Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Whatever happened to Germany...

Marek Tuszynski, Tactical Technology Collective, Germany,
Jillian York, Electronic Frontier Foundation, U.S.A.
Andreas Lehner, CCC und Digitale Gesellschaft e.V.
Katarzyna Szymielewicz, Panoptykon Foundation


Geraldine de Bastion, Digitale Gesellschaft, Berlin

Interview with Jacob Appelbaum

John Goetz, Journalist, NDR Panorama
Jacob Appelbaum, Tor Project, U.S.A.

Alternatives to data silos Tools for democratic aggregation

Markus «fin» Hametner, Metalab, Austria
Monica Ulmanu, TheSponge.eu, Romania
Magdalena Taube, berlinergazette.de, Germany

Lili Masuhr, leidmedien.de, Germany


In many countries around the world people are protesting against injustice, abuse of power, dire living conditions, and they are campaigning for higher standards. In the process new forms of citizens’ participation in political and administrative processes are evolving. We support all attempts to achieve greater democratisation and participation.