pre:view – The Third #rp17 Day


Visitors at #rp17

German Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière will be visiting the re:publica for the first time – on Wednesday at 12:30 on Stage 2. Welcome! Following his talk he’ll be entering into a net political dialogue with Constanze Kurz, speaker for the Chaos Computer Club, and Markus Beckedahl. That could end up being quite the animated conversation, seeing as Beckedahl's was at loggerheads with the Federal Ministry of Justice just under two years ago concerning accusations of treason; the Ministry of the Interior was also in the know about those accusations early on. Their discussion will focus on the future of data protection, cyber capacities and state-sponsored cyberattacks – and, of course, everything you might want to know from the Minister of the Interior.

While de Maizière and company will be dealing with data streams, Markus Reymann will be focusing on ocean currents. So-called "seabed mining" is exactly what it sounds like, the extraction of natural resources from the oceans. Reymann sees this as leading to a fundamental change for our planet. The actor and performer will be highlighting the problem in his session “Seabed Mining & Counter-strategies of the artistic eye”, and discussing what we can do, both creatively and structurally, against climate change.

Speaking of the deep: the “Deep Shit: Paradigms, Paranoia and Politics of Machine Intelligence” session will be taking us on a journey into the depths of the transformative power and different fields of application of artificial intelligence, neural networks or the Internet of Things (IoT) – for instance in digital warfare. Advisor and cryptology expert Paul Feigelfeld is an advocate for a critical approach to these technologies and a reform of international law.

At 6:45 p.m. we’ll be calling out #LOVEoutLOUD in Berlin for the very last time – officially, at least. The re:publica will end with the traditional closing ceremony. But that’s no reason for you to be sad. Come September, things will be back up and running at the #rpDUB in Dublin and one week later at the premiere of the #rpTHE in Thessaloniki.

by Shea Westhoff (EJS) and Kerstin Grünewald (FF)

Photo credit: re:publica/Gregor Fischer (CC BY 2.0)