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Digital Discourses
Katharina Nocun (Germany)

The Data I Called: Data Collections of State and Business

While it is taken for granted that Facebook, Netflix and others are part of everyday life, these corporations are diligently collecting data offline and online. Not only your last online purchase, but also every step through the internet and every click is recorded. Why is the data collected, and what is it used for? Based on a self-experiment, the net activist and civil rights activist Katharina Nocun describes the data collection frenzy of large corporations and government agencies. And she explains how you can defend yourself. 

Katharina Nocun Katharina Nocun | © Gordon Welters Katharina Nocun is a civil rights activist, net activist and economist. She has led country-wide campaigns concerned with data protection, whistleblowing and civil rights for, among others, the Citizens’ Movement Campact, More Democracy, and the Federation of German Consumer Organizations. She blogs under kattascha.de, is a podcaster (Denkangebot Podcast), and writes about the challenges of digitalization for various media. Her book “Die Daten, die ich rief” (The Data I Called) about state and business data collections was published in 2018 by Bastei Lübbe.