Recordings

Diaspora* - One of the Founders tells the Background Story

Maxwell Salzberg

What would an alternative Social Networking platform to Facebook look like. How would it respect its users´ right for privacy and allow them to self-control their data over the long term? What would its architecture be and how could people help to improve it? So far, no other project has engaged as intensively into this terrain as the team behind Diaspora*.

Maxwell Salzberg, one of the founders, tells the story of how he and his friends got involved in this project of a “personally controlled, do-it-all, open-source social network” after a talk by FSF lawer Eben Moglen at their university in New York. He answers questions about their technical infrastrucutre, first problems they have been run into and many more. “Our goal is to empower people with their data.”

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(Self) Censorship - New Challenges for Freedom of Expression in Europe

Julian Assange, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Lars Vilks, Naema Tahir, Flemming Rose, Alastair Mullis

What happens in European borders doesn’t just affect Europe. It’s used as justification for even more extreme forms of abuse around the rest of the world.”

Journalists, artists and publicists in Europe are increasingly confronted with censorship and self-censorship. Freedom of expression, as well as journalistic freedom is not automatic anymore. While the internet makes borders increasingly irrelevant, freedom of expression, online and offline, become even more relevant. In this panel discussion, Swedish artist Lars Vilks and Dutch author Naema Tahir share their personal experiences with freedom of expression in Europe. Professor Alastair Mullis, UK Defamation Law expert, Julian Assange from WikiLeaks and Birgitta Jonsdottir speak on the legal and political questions surrounding freedom of expression. The event was hosted by MEPs Marietje Schaake and Alexander Lambsdorff.

The first part of the panel covers...

The Icelandic Crisis as a background for the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (immi.is)

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Henrik Palmgren

Lars Palmgren from Gothenburg interviews the Member of Icelandic Parliament Birgitta Jonsdottir from the new Icelandic party The Movement to talk about the financial warfare that has been taking place against the people of Iceland since the Lehman Brothers-AIG world financial panic in September-October 2008 broke out.
The governments of London, the Hague and the EU have been,- with the backing of the IMF -, at the heart of what she calls a this `financial blackmail´.

The online whistleblower platform Wikileaks proved to be essential for Icelanders to know about the happenings in the background. This has led Birgitta Jonsdottir and others to develop the most progressive press law of the world, the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (immi.is). It is already playing a crucial role in the current attempts for a...

Doug Rushkoff on the pernicious myth of 'Free'

Doug Rushkoff

‘Free’ is absolutely a myth.”

Douglas Rushkoff is an author, teacher, documentarian and media theorist. In December 2009 he gave an interview to BBC discussing the realities of ‘free’ content and services on the web.

Stephen Wolfram on Wolfram Alpha

Stephen Wolfram

David Weinberger interviews Stephen Wolfram on his highly praised “computational knowledge engine” Wolfram Alpha shortly before it was launched publicly for Radio Berkman.

“[…]asking if we look at the world, the universe as it is, and you know,what are the kind of underlying primitives, what are the computational,the simple programs that can potentially drive all of this stuff, andWolfram Alpha it’s sort of the realization that all this knowledge thatis out there in this world […]”

Google Faces Antitrust Investigation for Agreement to Digitize Millions of Books Online

Brewster Kahle

“Google will be able to control the library.”

Brewster Kahle, the founder of the non-profit online library, the Internet Archive, located at archive.org is a prominent critic of Google’s book plan, as he is arguing that one company is going to achieve a monopoly on all the books of the twentieth century.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! has done an interview with Brewster Kahle – the original broadcast at democracynow.org.

Erich Mühsams Tagebücher in der Festungshaft

Johannes Ullmaier

In 2008, literary scholar Johannes Ullmaier was invited to speak at the annual meeting of Chaos Computer Club. As his topic, he chose the personal journal written by German anarchist and poet Erich Mühsam (6 April 1878 – 10 July 1934), and the way it was used against him by the authorities after Mühsam’s incarceration in 1919.

In his talk, Ullmaier interprets the historical facts as foreboding characteristics of a ‘stone age of surveillance’, which allows him to draw parallels to contemporary legislation on privacy and surveillance in Germany.

Keywords: Johannes Ullmaier

Civil rights endangered in 2008 & 2009. Decisions in the European Parliament…

Eva Lichtenberger

MEP Eva Lichtenberger answers questions by Leo Findeisen about the dangers implied for civil rights in some of the upcoming decisions in the European Parliament in 2008 or the voting of June 2009. She outlines several issues that are partly interrelated and give rise for many concerns. These issues are the

  • Telecom-Package which still includes  passages that would allow for searching children’s iPods while checking in at the airport; the so-called
  • French Three-Strikes-model that would e.g. allow private persons, families and businesses to be cut off their internet access; and the
  • ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) process where a lack of transparency about what mandate the European Council has given its diplomats to elaborate – behind closed doors – on rigid laws to enforce intellectual property rights in all developed nations, e.g. by border officials or via online surveillance. 

She also discusses some historical developments that lead to the current state of the...

The Professionalization of Free Software

Shane M. Coughlan

„When I say the professionalization of free software what I mean is doing things the best way we can.“

Shane M. Coughlan is the Freedom Task Force coordinator of the Free Software Foundation Europe. In September 2008 he discussed the future and the professonalization of Free Software with the Viennese Fellows of the FSFE.

Titanic battle for the future of the Internet

Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford, member of the ICANN board speaks on the titanic battle of two groups of people, two competing mindsets on how the Internet should further evolve.