Magazine 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 Or has privacy become an outdated idea?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. Photo (detail): © Adobe Virtual Reality VR “made in Germany” Ten German virtual reality and 360-degree video projects you should know about. (c) The Criterion Collection SHOAH: Worlwide filmscreening The Voice on the River Claude Lanzmanns 9,5-hour documentary Shoah (1985) confronts the audience with stories of survivors, pertpetrators and bystanders. Which position should we as viewers take 75 years after the liberation of Ausschwitz? Photo: Youtube Virtual Reality Journalism Living the news We may experience journalism in an entirely new way in future. 360-degree videos and virtual reality reports allow the audience to dive right into a news story and experience events up close. These new formats are also making inroads in Germany. Photo (detail): © Adobe Worlds of Homelessness “Social balance is the key” In all German cities, it takes money to live anywhere close to downtown, quite a lot of money in fact. Those who cannot afford the rising rents in cities are pushed out to the periphery. We asked an expert how urban planning could address this widening gap between rich and poor. Photo (detail): © Adobe Sustainability A world without plastic Plastic bans, disposable dinnerware made of bioplastics, and streets made of plastic waste: countries, companies and private citizens are all pursuing initiatives that show what the world would be like without plastic. Photo (detail): Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi © picture alliance / AP Photo Digital Divide Decolonise the Internet The internet is characterised by power structures. Digital colonialism shows how established hierarchies can also become entrenched on the World Wide Web. But activists and artists are growing increasingly resistant, says Ina Holev. Foto: S. Jockel, German National Library Frankfurt/Main Congress and exhibition Overview of the German library system in 2019 Guaranteeing free access to knowledge and information is the primary goal of public and research libraries in Germany. How is the German library system structured, and what challenges do they face within the sector?