What basic rights remain for the networked individual?

The interim balance of the Red-Green coalition in the redefinition of the informational self-determination rights of the citizen is ambiguous

The fact that the digital revolution is changing the economy and administration, that e-business can unleash enormous productivity potentials and that people prefer to shop online is proclaimed every day by managers of various industries and their public relations agencies. The computer pages of the daily press outdo each other at least once a week in pointing out the wonders of the new technology, even if they usually remain visions that may never come true. Less is said about the role of the citizen in the networked society, what new dimensions the Internet could open up for opinion making and formation, and what democratic opportunities it could offer.

But then there is the "dark side" of the information society "grandiose technical monitoring capabilities", According to Thilo Weichert of the German Association for Data Protection (DVD), there are a number of problems in the area of telecommunications and everyday data processing "with every new newspaper report about Echelon, Internet monitoring, video surveillance or satellite observation" the public will gradually become aware of. Reason enough for the DVD, together with the Forum for Computer Scientists for Peace and Social Responsibility (FIfF) as well as other data protection groups, to pose the question of fundamental rights in the information society at a conference this weekend. The main aim was to "Interim assessment of red-green IT policy" to draw.


Covert access to hard drives

Online searches of private computers, hacking on behalf of the state and official PC screening – is this really what we are facing??

Yesterday, the Federal Supreme Court ruled that the "covert online investigation" inadmissible. In return, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schauble called for the legal basis to be created for this.

In truth it has an "Online search" or even the "Federal Trojan", The "Gaddafi crisis", which has been circulating in the media for some time and has even been given its own entry in Wikipedia, has never existed – and never will. It is a hoax and is based on the lack of expertise of a senior public prosecutor, in each case a false report of the taz and the Suddeutsche and the fact that all German media, without researching the facts, copied from each other. According to the principle "Silent mail" at the end of the reporting then stands the "official" Hacker, which was never mentioned in the beginning.


More heavy storm floods

More heavy storm floods

Hurricane Ike, 2008. Image: Noaa / Common-free

The Energy and Climate Week Show: From successful burger wind projects, a pairing in the solar industry, tooth climate languages and solar power of coal-fired power plants

The Federal Network Agency has submitted a balance of the first round of tender for wind energy to country. Accordingly, the submitted 256 offered with a total circumference of 2.137 Megawatt 70 A surcharge that wants to build a power of 807 MW together. On average, the operators will get 5.71 cents per kilowatt hour, making their electricity much cheaper than that of a new coal-fired power plant.


The thief goes stealing so often, until he breaks in

The own mugshot put on the net

The department store thief who wanted to steal the surveillance camera, of all things, has become a classic. But with the progress of the technology and the intelligence of the criminals, which could not keep up here, also this was topped in the meantime.

Don Bruce, night manager of the Times Herald-Record, was pretty pissed: In one week, his house had been broken into twice while he was doing his job at night – editing the stories of the day, listening to the police radio to make sure he didn’t miss any interesting stories, and in between shoving a pizza between his teeth.


Heroes from the era of teletotalitarianism

Boris Grondahl investigates the phenomenon "Hackers"

To the 17. Chaos Communication Congress Explicit Lyrics from 27. to 29. December 2000 in Berlin, the term is once again on everyone’s lips: Hacker. Boris Grondahl has written a book about it.

According to the author himself, he is not a hacker. However, studying mathematics and physics did not necessarily hurt him in his research. He was born in 1967 and is an editor at the Financial Times Deutschland. Before that he was a freelance journalist (among others for Telepolis, die Zeit and Rewired, publishing director of junge welt and editor at konkret)