Who wants to have a chip implant? Who fights for civil rights in the Internet age? Just some of the discussions at the CeBIT Global Conferences.
Also the CeBIT Global Conferences: While on the Center Stage the issues of data protection, privacy and encryption were discussed, a CeBIT visitor at the Open Stage took the first step towards being a digital human.
Live on stage Amal Graafstra, CEO and founder of Dangerous Things, implanted himself with an RFID chip. "There will be blood," he warned the bystanders before he implanted the tiny chip between thumb and forefinger.
The first step to Cyborg
Not everyone in the audience would like to do the same, as indicated in a short survey. Too many had security concerns about the chip, with which Amal Graafstra unlocks his door and his car.
Privacy and civil rights
Misuse of data and state power was the subject of a panel on the Center Stage: Markus Beckedahl of netzpolitik.org, Peter Lepelt of Qabel, data protection specialist Peter Schaar, activist Anke Domscheit-Berg and the Schleswig-Holstein State Comissioner for Data Protection Marit Hansen spoke with moderator Markus Kavka about "liberty, equality, total surveillance". They agreed: The privacy of the people must be protected.
Protection on the Internet
This was also something cryptography legend Phil Zimmermann talked about on the Center Stage. The inventor of PGP and current CEO of Silent Circle related how he was under criminal investigation for years because of his encryption software. But still he thinks of the early days of the Internet as significantly less dangerous than it is today. "Today the Internet is increasingly hostile" Zimmermann said and argued that both individuals and companies should protect themselves against attacks from the government or criminals.