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Ralf Bendrath Privacy Activism 2.0

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From the June 4 session on "Online Activism around the world."

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Ralf Bendrath Privacy Activism 2.0

  1. 1. Privacy Activism 2.0 lessons learned from the fight against data retention in Germany Ralf Bendrath www.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de bendrath.blogspot.com
  2. 4. How did we get there?
  3. 5. The issue
  4. 6. <ul><li>December 2005: Data Protection FAIL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EU Directive on Data Retention adopted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>„ We must do something in Germany now“ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Now: Broader internet freedom movement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>„ Federal Trojan“, censorship, … </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also privacy offline: labour rights etc. </li></ul></ul>Data Retention & Privacy
  5. 7. At the beginning, there was no plan (but a mailing list and a wiki)
  6. 8. Participation
  7. 13. Pop Culture Viral Marketing
  8. 21. Get offline!
  9. 23. Results
  10. 26. Internationalization
  11. 27. „ Freedom not Fear“
  12. 28. Lessons Learned
  13. 29. Forget Control <ul><li>open structures and free licenses </li></ul><ul><li>„ ownership“ instead of control </li></ul><ul><li>experts for substance and legal issues </li></ul><ul><li>pop culture and fun </li></ul><ul><li> Give people an environment in which they can do what they are good at. </li></ul>
  14. 30. Be Ready for Ambivalence <ul><li>amorphous structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>organization? platform? network? alliance? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>political conflicts can‘t be solved online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>often they don‘t have to </li></ul></ul><ul><li>trust does not scale </li></ul><ul><ul><li>„ Web of Trust“, F2F meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>but still many unknown helpers & fighters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>herding cats and leadership by listening </li></ul>
  15. 31. Twitter changed the game again <ul><li>current anti-censorship fight </li></ul><ul><li>„ traditional“ activism 2.0 structures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes, we still have a wiki and a mailing list… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>but main activity over Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A movement glued together by one hashtag </li></ul></ul><ul><li>100,000 signatures within 3 weeks! </li></ul>
  16. 32. <ul><li>„ Where do I get these T-Shirts?“ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://dataloo.spreadshirt.net </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can I participate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>next „Freedom not Fear“ action day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saturday, 12 September 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://wiki.vorratsdatenspeicherung.de/ Freedom_Not_Fear_2009 </li></ul></ul>Q & A

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