The recent tragic events in Paris are used by some politicians to argue for security measures that severely harm our human rights. Many of these are in the online sphere, where the proposed and actual legislative changes include censorship without judicial oversight, limiting our right to data protection, adding backdoors to encryption, re-introducing data retention, and increased mass surveillance.
The tension that has been brought to the forefront of the political debate has puzzled human beings for a very long time – how can we have both security and freedom and when are we willing to sacrifice one for the other. It is crucial to reflect at this time on what arguments are being used to limit our digital freedoms and how we can counteract these efforts. To address this we, digital [x], the digital rights working group of CDN, are organising a webinar and welcome you to join us on the 16th of December from 6.30 to 8.30 p.m.
The webinar will give you a short introduction to the political initiatives that were sparked by the terrorist attacks in Paris, and how the tension between security and freedom was framed by agenda setters. With that basis we then want to look at the following questions: Do we really need to restrict our freedom online in order to guarantee our security? What is the right reaction in the face of violence? How come most people seem not to care much for their online freedoms and actually support restrictions? Do the measures that are being proposed only lead to a false feeling of security? And how can we self-defend against a state that threatens our freedom?
If you are curious about what’s at stake in the online world and how it connects to the wider political struggles of our time, join us! THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE FOR NERDS ONLY – everyone is warmly welcome!
Please register for the event by Sunday, 13th of December. We will send you an email with all the technical details about the webinar.
Hope to see you soon!