Tag Archives: Karlsruhe

30 Years of E-Mail in Germany

Today, it has been exactly 30 years since Germany’s first e-mail was received in Karlsruhe. This anniversary was celebrated with a small event at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). A press conference was organized and students launched 72 helium balloons shaped as 0s and 1s that were arranged to read 0x4B40726C7372756865. (I didn’t actually verify this.) While personally I disapprove of such intentional and needless environmental pollution, it was a great opportunity for us to raise awareness for privacy of e-mail communication and teach people about OpenPGP. Continue reading

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, GrĂ¼ne 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