Category Archives: Politics

Campaigning for the FDP

Today (yesterday, actually), I was campaigning for the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) at the Europafest in Karlsruhe. The Europafest is a public event organized by the Europa-Union and the European School Karlsruhe aiming to spread knowledge about the European Union and general political awareness to the general public and informing people about the upcoming elections for the European Parliament. In our region, these elections (May 25) coincide with the municipal elections so all political parties are currently double-campaigning. At the Europafest the four old political parties of Germany (CDU, SPD, Grüne and FDP) each had a little marquee to inform interested visitors. We have represented the FDP with a couple of our local candidates from about 10 am to 4 pm when the rain hit in. Continue reading

Offener Brief an den Landesdatenschutzbeauftragten von Rheinland-Pfalz

Donnerstag, 23. Januar 2014

Sehr geehrter Herr Dr Globig,

vielen Dank für den interessanten Vortrag, den Sie am Dienstag im Rahmen des Karlsruher Dialogs zum Informationsrecht am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) gehalten haben.

In der anschließenden Diskussion habe ich Sie gefragt, inwiefern Sie beim Landesdatenschutzbeauftrageten Rheinland-Pfalz Wert darauf legen, darauf hinzuwirken, dass Schüler im Informatikunterricht nicht nur lernen, die proprietären Produkte eines einzigen Software-Konzerns zu konsumieren, sondern sie auch oder sogar nur in freier Software zu unterrichten. Wenn ich Ihre Antwort richtig verstanden habe, meinten Sie, dass dieser Aspekt für Sie keine große Bedeutung habe, weil Sie nicht davon ausgingen, dass Software sicherer sei, nur weil sie frei ist. Ich würde mich freuen, wenn ich Ihnen kurz darlegen dürfte, weswegen ich der Meinung bin, dass freie Software tatsächlich ein entscheidender Baustein dafür ist, dass jeder einzelne sein Recht auf informationelle Selbstbestimmung in einer digitalen Welt effektiv wahrnehmen kann.

Zunächst möchte ich kurz definieren, was ich unter freier Software verstehe. Leider ist das Wort frei in der deutschen (wie übrigens auch in der englischen) Sprache mehrdeutig. Die lateinische Sprache hat die beiden unterschiedlichen Wörter gratis (wie in Freibier) und libre (wie in Freiheit). Freie Software ist keine Frage des Preis’ Continue reading

Degrading Germany’s Dignity by Narrow-Minded Decisions

On April 17, the criminal proceedings against the single still-alive putative member and four accused co-perpetrators of the German neo-Nazi terrorism group National Socialist Underground (NSU) will start at the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) München. The NSU is, most notably, accused of having exploded a bomb in Köln in 2004, injuring 22 people, committing murders on eight Turkish and one Greek business owners between 2000 and 2006 in various cities of Germany and shooting down two police officers in Heilbronn in 2007, killing one of them. As things are looking today, the proceedings will take place without a single attendant of the victim’s home countries. The OLG has decided to use a meeting room in its own premises that is capable of about 250 people. A significant fraction of those will be occupied by people directly involved into the trial. From the remaining seats, 50 have been reserved for accredited press journalists, the other are intended for the general public. The court says it has assigned the seats for journalists on a first-come-first-serve basis, which caused the available seats to be vanished within minutes. Not a single journalist or state official of Turkey or Greece has thus received a seat. [1] The OLG has since been heavily criticized in public by both, German [2] and Turkish [3] media and politicians but did not reconsider its decision. Furthermore, it did not even accept German journalists whom had been lucky enough to receive a seat, voluntarily giving up upon it in order to enable a Turkish colleague attendance [1]. Continue reading

9th Karlsruhe Constitution Dialog

Today, the “9th Karlsruhe constitution dialog”, a one-day event with talks and a closing panel discussion addressing the question “The Internet in the politics – renaissance or threat of the democracy?” was held in Karlsruhe, Germany. The event was arranged by the liberal Firedrich-Naumann-Stiftung and open to the general public.

The first speaker was Continue reading

Learning to Fly

Recently, I found a text by Andreas K. Förster published on the Free Software Foundation’s “testimonials” page that I’ve enjoyed reading so much that I’d like to share it here. Continue reading