What I Learned at the… re:publica #rpTEN!

Republica One of the many wonderfully designed stage ‘mirror’ walls! Pic by Franzi.

“Make the health of the internet a social issue. Everyone needs to be aware of it.”
Mark Surman (Mozilla)

Wow, the last week was over in a sec! Three days re:publica #rpTEN – filled with hundreds of talks and incredible 8,000 visitors! Here are my ten take-home messages I would like to share with you :).

I:
“Governments are building social graphs everywhere. This is for the purpose of perfect social control. {…} When we go cashless, we make the free market obsolete in every sense. … Then everything has become a transaction at the will of a third-party who can withhold at any time.”
Eben Moglan in his opening Keynote ‘The last kilometer, the last chance’ with Mishi Choudhary.

II:
“If you were from Mars, you wouldn’t talk to humans but to machines. They are where the information is to be found”
Luciano de Floridi in his talk ‘The fourth revolution’.

III:
“All our other rights derive from this one, our right of privacy. {…} If you say you don’t need privacy because you have nothing to hide, you can also say you don’t need the right of speech because you’ve nothing to say.”
Edward Snowden in the discussion about Luciano de Floridi’s talk ‘The fourth revolution’.

IV:
“That’s what an open system does – it creates noise and tension, not comfort. And that opens people up.”
Richard Sennett’s view on the effect of refugees in his talk ‘The open city as a system’.

V:
“Notice that most people in this room have a terrorist credit score but there is no way to finding out what it is.”
Kate Crawford (Microsoft Research New York).

VI:
“By leaking information and fleeing to another country, they are not trying to changing their own political system but political systems in general. {…} What would it mean to belong to democracy despite to a state?”
Geoffroy de Lagasnerie in his talk ‘The art of revolt. Snowden, Assange, Manning’.

VII:
“The internet of things is the nervous system for the things we create. {…} In less than one human lifetime computers have gone from simple child’s games to the master of game of any kind. {…} Computers have always been like captain Spock, now they become more and more captain Kirk. {…} The shape of things to come looks a lot like us.”
Jeff Kowalski (Autodesk) in his talk ‘The shape of things to come’.

VIII:
“During women’s menstrual cycle we have three phases where they react to medication very differently. {…} If you wanna challenge your doctor, ask if you have to take your medication differently during the different phases of your cycle.”
Sarah Hiltner in her talk ‘Gender Medicine: What has sex got to do with it?’ #sexgendermed #rehealth.

IX:
“Social Media was for me not familiarity but work. {…} If stress for people with depression is the same as cigarettes for people with a heart disease, then social media is toxic for people with depression (because it causes stress). And if social media for a certain group of people is evil, then it needs a certain health warning.”
Kati Krause in her talk about social media and depression #rehealth.

X:
“I am not afraid. {…} The goal of the terrorists isn’t to hit the people at a certain place but to create the angst in the head of the other people. That’s why we upload videos – to creat a counterbalance.”
Nemi El-Hassan (Datteltäter), who uploads funny-satirical videos about IS terrorists.

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week. Stay curious!

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re:publica #rpTEN: Day III in Pictures!

rp1The good-by session! All pics by Franzi.

Wednesday was the last day of the #rpTEN. Everything was more relaxed than the two days before. I attended a binge-creating workshop and some re:health sessions – with a focus on health and health apps. At the end, the closing ceremony made me laugh, sing and a bit sad that everything was over again for this year.

Have a wonderful weekend! Have an inspiring one!

rp3My first try in binge-creating: A chick on stilts meets a Star Wars character – that should be Darth Vader :).

rp2Another side of the story: Kati Krause talked about social media and depression. Brave and eye-opening!

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re:publica #rpTEN: Day II in Pictures!

rp2Welcome balloons! All pics by Franzi.

Tuesday was more relaxed than Monday at the #rpTEN. I met a few new people and some I already knew. I learned a great deal about Big Data, Generative Design, Instagram and many other things (more about it next Monday). Afterwards I was happy but  – surprise –  also exhausted. Here are some photo impressions.

Have a wonderful Thursday!

rp4I finally met Richard Gutjahr and he gave me these pretty & practical camera lids by soomz.io!

rp5The so-called ‘ape mountain’ for relaxing and – most important – charging electronic devices!

rp1A monstrous disco ball! In the evening, someone inside actually played an electronic guitar :)!

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re:publica #rpTEN: Day I in Pictures!

rp1The ‘mirror wall’ of stage one. All pics by Franzi.

From Monday till Wednesday this week I am busy at the re:publica. Thus, today and the following two days I will only present you some picture impressions of this gigantic media/net conference in the heart of Berlin. Next Monday I will finally share my experiences with you in more detail.

Have a wonderful day :)!

rp5The opining ceremony!

rp4Edward Snowden speaks to us … in a very crowded room ;).

rp3Sunset in Berlin at the end of a long, inspiring day.

Happy Birthday H. You’re already one year old today :)!!

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Back in Berlin for the re:publica #rpTEN!

we3My daily way of transportation until Wednesday: The S-Bahn. All pics by Franzi.

Yesterday I was back on the road. After a relaxed weekend in Hamburg I am now in Berlin. The reason is easy to guess: It’s re:publica time! I am looking forward to lots of inspiring talks and people and hope that all those ‘cool kids’ won’t make me too shy ;).

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week. Stay relaxed and be inspired!

we1A sunny Saturday morning in Hamburg!

we2On the bus station.

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What I Learned at the re:publica 15! #rp15

RP15Pic by Franzi.

I already mentioned (several times) that I visited last week the re:publica. And here are the things I learned…

I wish you a wonderful start into the new week! May it be a relaxed one!

About the web 20 years ago:

“Around 1994 the web consisted of approximately 1,000 websites. You could spent a day on the web and think: ‘Oh, I saw the all of it.’ A week later you went back and watched the new sites.” Justin Hall

Alexander Gerst about the view onto our planet from space:

“We forget how tiny and fragile our Earth is in the universe. Looking down from space one becomes aware of it.”

About our atmosphere: “It is dazzling! Above the Earth is a small blue fluff and then comes the universe. Only this small fluff is what protects us from the radiation.”

“Europe is a sea of light.”

“We are an intelligent form of life. One can see that we are destroying our livelihood. I don’t know how to explain this to anyone.”

About cyber privacy & security:

“The biggest lie on the internet is the ‘I have read and agree to the license agreement’, because nobody is reading it.” Mikko Hypponin, F-Secure

The target groups you can choose when you promote a Twitter post: “Twitter can actually see what kind of cereal or alcohol you like or whether you are expecting a child within the next six months. How does Twitter know? Through your phone number!” Mikko Hypponin, F-Secure …The number connects the digital world and the real world.

“When Facebook bought WhatsApp, they actually  bought the phone numbers.” Mikko Hypponin, F-Secure

“Everyone who uses a Gmail account should definitely use a security key.” Eric Grosse, Google

About paying for web content:

“In 1994 we discussed the future of the web and wondered how people would pay for content. 20 years later there is still no easy way to pay for content online. {…} There must be a way to pay for (Google) content other than with people’s privacy. ” Mikko Hypponin, F-Secure

“Money isn’t lying. If a reader says: ‘I don’t want to pay for it’, you have to accept it.” Richard Gutjahr

About presenting yourself in the web:

“If you’re making a career in media communication you are expected to have a profile on the internet: On LinkedIn or Xing or a website.” Justin Hall

About our society’s media competence & hate campaigns:

Anne Wizorek (#aufschrei) asks the audience of around 400 people: “Who would feel confident to go to the police station with a death threat on Twitter and expect that they know what to do about it?” …Nobody.

About our intelligence services:

“The BND has become quite independent. The question is: ‘Who controls our intelligence services?” Selmin Çalışkan, Amnesty International

About data privacy topics:

“With the radical surveillance of today, the Jews who were hidden and rescued during WWII in Berlin would not have survived.” Harald Welzer, FUTURZWEI

“Americans doesn’t trust in democracy or in politics, NGOs or the media – they trust the military. It scares the hell out of me.”  Ethan Zuckerman

“We afford us the luxury of writing about EU data privacy topics. Other journalists would like that, too. But they told me that their last article regarding EU data policy were the less read article of that day.” Markus Beckedahl, netzpolitik.org

A career advice for entrepreneurs:

“I cannot hold back to take risks. It’s a lot more fun to take risks. And we take risks.” Reed Hastings, Netflix

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Veggie Burger, Baby!

 Pineapple Burger by detoxily – Beet & Feta Burger by Food52 – Buffalo Style Burger by How Sweet It Is.
Veggie Burger by  Oh She Glows – Chickpea Burger by The Green Forks – BBQ Lentil Burger by Vegan Richa.

It’s the third day of the re:publica and I still didn’t eat a burger – despite the fact that there is a van selling delicious looking veggie burgers. There is simply no time between all the interesting sessions (or later no seat available). But for today I resolved to myself to eat one… at last. In the meantime I let me inspire by those six veggie burger variations!

Enjoy!

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Impressions from the re:publica! #rp15

Republika1All pics by Franzi.

I am on the re:publica 2015 right now. So, nearly no time for blogging these days. But here are some impressions I took with my mobile yesterday. I am totally overwhelmed by the huge program… so many possibilities! And now: Off to two more inspiring days!

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