At beginning of the conference, Markus Beckedahl, founder of netzpolitik.org and the re:publica, warned the audience not to leave the digital development of the economy and society solely up to politics and industry.
Multiple African states block social networks or undesirable content for political reasons. Things that are seen as self-evident in Europe are considered a privilege in Africa. On Day 1, three experts reported on the state of affairs in the "African Elections and Social Media Shutdowns" talk.
Is the internet a tool for colonialism? The four participants of the “Digital Colonialism: a global overview” panel argue that digital developments can also be an instrument for control and domination.
In the opening keynote of the re:publica, speakers Mishi Choudhary and Eben Moglen from Software Freedom Law Center asserted the revolution of the "encrypted internet".
Greenpeace Netherlands has gotten hold of over 248 pages from the TTIP documents. The organisation announced the leak on Monday morning at the re:publica. The documents contain claims and demands from the EU and the USA.
re:publica would be unthinkable without it, and it's happening on all three days of #rp15: our Net Politics track. Read what the Netzpolitik.org editors recommend for Day 2!