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Markus Beckedahl

Founder and Editor-in-Chief,

Markus Beckedahl is founder and editor-in-chief of and has been dealing with social issues on the way to a digital society for over 20 years. He is co-founder and partner of newthinking communications GmbH, an agency for open source strategies. Markus Beckedahl was an expert in the Enquete Commission of the German Bundestag on "Internet and Digital Society" between 2010-2013 and has been a member of the Media Council of the Landesmedienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg since 2010.

keynote | German

11.25 a.m.


More security or more surveillance? - «Fight for your digital rights»

Founder and editor-in-chief of Markus Beckedahl addresses the social issues in a design of a digital society. His journalistic platform lectures about digital liberties and talks about the internet, society and politics. In what ways can we engage ourselves with the help of the network for digital freedoms? By visualizing his ideas with recent stories and examples, Beckedahl says that since we depend upon systems, it is essential to think about the influence that we allow them to have on us. The importance of a political system that aligns with the interest of our society is essential. Along with that, ethical questions are being raised about how our society is being controlled. Beckedahl expresses that we need comprehensive transparency and control options. It is important to think about which regulators are in a position to review software and decide if they are in the right frame of mind. For the future of digitalisation and technology, Beckedahl highlights security, trust and sustainability.