Sharing and Surveillance

Sharing and Surveillance - Lecture with Markus Beckedahl, András Mink, Florian Rötzer © Kjetil Korslien
Every day we share incredible amounts of information through Internet use and the exchange of communication data.
We do this voluntarily, but not infrequently also against our will. The revelations of the recent past have revealed how much the boundaries between private and public have shifted. Many people recognize parallels in this to surveillance by intelligence services in totalitarian states. This raises a number of questions: What is the role today of transparency, secrecy and freedom of the press? What information do we have to share, what boundaries must we cross, what knowledge must we keep secret? Markus Beckedahl, founder of, has been grappling with answers to these questions for some time. In the spring of 2015, as a result of the publication of secret data, he was investigated on suspicion of treason. Beckedahl recounts his personal experiences with the surveillance culture and, together with András Mink and Florian Rötzer, discusses the paradoxical connection between increasing transparency through information exchange, state surveillance and the fundamental right to press freedom.