Personal Freedom and Surveillance © Goethe-Institut. Design: Heike Sinn Security and freedom are both basic rights that are not always compatible. When it comes to surveillance, the balance seems particularly hard to achieve. © Goethe-Institut/Julia Klement Self-TestHow do you conduct yourself when it comes to your data? How do you conduct yourself on the net when it comes to your data? More on the cautious side? Or rather insouciant? Or balanced and pragmatic? Here is a self-test in six questions. [more …] © Goethe-Institut/Julia Klement Internet SecurityYour Toaster’s Double Life How can we navigate the internet without leaving a trail? Why do we distinguish between black-hat and white-hat hackers? And what exactly are crypto wars? Questions on data privacy and security in the internet often sound complicated. But many of them are answered very simply. [more …] Photo (detail): © Fritz Schumann Privacy and Digitalisation“Facebook is not the same as your living room” Social media, smartphones, the Internet of Things – whatever happened to privacy? Or has privacy become an outdated idea? This is a conversation with Jan Philipp Albrecht, a staunch advocate of data protection. [more …] Photo: © Shutterstock Digitization and urban spaceAt home in the public sphere What is private, and what is public? Digitization is changing our relationship with public space: in cities in particular, people are rediscovering public space and fulfilling their desire for collective experiences in it. [more …] © Julian Roeder (Detail) Surveillance The art of invisibility Networks and data flows are increasingly objects of surveillance and control. Three exhibitions in Munich and Berlin show how photo artists in Germany are approaching the theme of surveillance. [more …] Photo (detail): © Radmila Kerl An Interview with Petra Grimm“An Internet Without Ethics Cannot Function.” Offensive comments, shocking images – does this mean we need new ethical standards for the digital world? This interview with Petra Grimm, professor for media studies and Head of the Institute for Digital Ethics in Stuttgart, will cast more light on the subject. [more …] Sensitive Data In the age of algorithms, surveillance has exceeded the boundaries of centralized government control to permeate every part of our lives and transform our collective sensorium. Data Privacy in Five Minutes What do the private sphere and data privacy mean in the digital age? The theatre project P3M5, initiated by the Goethe-Institut USA, revolves around this question. Dramatists from the USA and Europe present their answers in 5-minute films.