Recordings in English

Occupy Cal - Daniel Ellsberg in Berkeley, November 2011

Daniel Ellsberg, John Hamilton

Daniel Ellsberg is a well known figure in the United States of America as he leaked the so-called Pentagon Papers to the press which lead to the Watergate affair later and forced President Nixon to resign. 

He joins students that have just been re-occupying the Sprowl Plaza at the University of California Berkeley, a significant place in the history of the country as the protests against the Vietnam War started exactly there.

Ellsbeg comments might be surprising for most listeners: he confesses that he had lost hope in a betterment of the over-all political situation, but when he say the group decision making of the students who voted for which decisions to take in a democratic manner, he says to have regained hope.

He recalls the recent chain reaction of events that lead to the very situation he is interviewed in: Bradley Manning, the man accused of leaking the Cablegate files, being in detention, the documents themselves inspiring the changes in Tunesia and Egypt. These, in turn, gave rise to the Occupy Movement which spread to Berkeley, where the generational change started in the 1960ies. Ellsberg assertains that a contemporary youth movement can be seen to evolve now.

EU decisions in a globally connected world

Marietje Schaake

 

Marietje Schaake is a Dutch politician for the social liberal party Democrats 66 (D66). Schaake talks about the global debate of freedom of information and Internet freedom, and the EU decisions concerning freedom of information. Her political party D66 has voted for Internet freedom and there’s an increasingly amount of voices sharing this opinion. As she states: “We need to reverse economy over rights include more accountability, transparency in order to be credible to our own citizens but also credible players in the world”.

 

Liquid Democracy, Adhocracy and political decision making

Friedrich Lindenberg, Tobias Nöbauer

Do you want to look behind the curtains of a 21st century democracy? You might be looking for a `policy drafting tool for distributed groups´ and use it in your art project, your corporate company, your NGO, your government institution or political party . Friedrich Lindenberg is a co-developer for software that assists to succeed in theses tasks called adhocracy or liquid democracy. They strive to bring the manyfold experiences made in online discussion, online collaboration and online decision making into a software that can be used by citizens and parliamentarians together. As his answers show, the interlace between personal, social, legal, privacy-related and technical aspects are part of his everyday work. In an possible reaction to the flailing democratic spirit in Europe, his customers and partners in experiment have been of high profile: the German Parliament in Berlin or the German Pirate Party. The interview is conducted by Tobias Nöbauer and Volker Eckl of Transforming Freedom at the Transmediale 2011 in Berlin.  

 

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 global harmonisation of laws concerning freedom of speech, the control of online media and whistleblower protection.

The interview is also published on Youtube under the title Financial War against Iceland (part I). In total there are 6 parts.

Topics Discussed: Privatization, Alcoa, Bechtel, Impregilo, Icesave, Terrorist Act, IMF blocking a loan to Iceland, 400 000 accounts in Icesave, MOU (Memorandum of understanding), European Union, ECOFIN (Economic and Financial Affairs Council), Wikileaks, American Bases on Iceland, John Perkins, Economic Hitman, The Political Elite of European Union, Friends of Iceland, savethepeopleoficeland.com, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Resources, Geothermal Energy, Water, Trade Advantages, Economic Warfare, “The Movement”, Outside the Left-Right Paradigm, Oligarchs, Monopoly, and much more.

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 global harmonisation of laws concerning freedom of speech, the control of online media and whistleblower protection.

The interview is also published on Youtube under the title Financial War against Iceland (part I). In total there are 6 parts.

Topics Discussed: Privatization, Alcoa, Bechtel, Impregilo, Icesave, Terrorist Act, IMF blocking a loan to Iceland, 400 000 accounts in Icesave, MOU (Memorandum of understanding), European Union, ECOFIN (Economic and Financial Affairs Council), Wikileaks, American Bases on Iceland, John Perkins, Economic Hitman, The Political Elite of European Union, Friends of Iceland, savethepeopleoficeland.com, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Resources, Geothermal Energy, Water, Trade Advantages, Economic Warfare, “The Movement”, Outside the Left-Right Paradigm, Oligarchs, Monopoly, and much more.

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

Julian Assange, Birgitta Jónsdóttir

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 personal experiences with freedom of expression in Europe with statements by Lars Vilks, Naema Tahir, and Flemming Rose.
Lars Vilk reports on the original intention of his Mohammed-cartoons that evoked world-wide protests among Muslims, and how he dealt with the subsequent threats to his life. Naema Tahir speaks about alternative strategies to introduce Western readings to Muslim immigrants and her personal findings on self-censorship as a balance between artistic value and political tool. In a video-statement, Flemming Rose reflects on whether citizens of a democracy should have the right “not to be offended”, and on the problems of context-loss in a globalized information society.

The second part addresses legal and political questions surrounding freedom of expression, featuring Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Julian Assange, and Alastair Mullis.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir explains the idea behind the the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative as well as the collective and legal process that enabled its adoption by the parliament. Julian Assange describes how abandoned alliances that guaranteed the protection of values from the European enlightenment are disappearing ever since the end of the cold war. He gives some concrete examples of British libel law cases that he judges as progressive realization of Orwellian horrors as depicted in 1984 and illuminates how secret state censorship blacklists, politically framed as mechanisms to combat child pornography, are functionalized to gag dissident voices. Alastair Mullis informs about the situation of libel law and “libel tourism” in the UK, comments on the debates around a reform of the English defamation law, and weighs up the right of freedom of speech against interests like reputation and privacy.

 

Originally published by ALDIS/ALDE at dailymotion.com
Transcription by Nina Stuhldreher

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.

The Tor Project

Karen Reilly, Kim Pham

A lot of people do not care about privacy until something happens.”

Karen Reilly and Kim Pham are talking on the principals of the Tor network and the reasons for privacy-enhancing technologies on the web. Karen Reilly is Marketing, Fundraising, and Grant Development Director of the Tor Project. Kim Pham is the Outreach Director at Access Now. The interview is led by Armin B. Wagner and Volker Eckl.

The Tor Project

Karen Reilly, Kim Pham

A lot of people do not care about privacy until something happens.”

Karen Reilly and Kim Pham are talking on the principals of the Tor network and the reasons for privacy-enhancing technologies on the web. Karen Reilly is Marketing, Fundraising, and Grant Development Director of the Tor Project. Kim Pham is the Outreach Director at Access Now. The interview is led by Armin B. Wagner and Volker Eckl.

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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