If We’re Talking POP, Then We Need … A Supergroup!!!!!: A courteous rejection and the “Freedom Circle of Friends”

Freundeskreis Freiheit; credit collage: fertig design

Freundeskreis Freiheit; credit collage: fertig design  

Thanks to the huge amounts of work done by activists, journalists and scientists, the general facts have become clear to a section of the population: The internet is broken. Laws that are in no way compatible with the human right to privacy and freedom of information are passed mysteriously quickly and without any discussion by the governments of the free world, save a reference to the “threat of terrorism”. Biometric registration, the bugging of devices through government computer and network surveillance, and the telecommunications data retention of the entire population at unimaginable scales of terabytes, petabytes and exabytes.

That may be a good answer against pervasive societal fear – but they’re also the perfect ingredients for the establishment of digital totalitarianism. We’re giving up our privacy. Some of it voluntarily, with biotrackers, physiology analysis tools, smart toys, and some of it because we think we can’t defend ourselves against the big guys “up there”.

No matter which government happens to be running a country with whatever party majority, they all follow the guidelines ascribed for healthy, technocratic neoliberalism. A transparent citizen is easily controlled. Emerging unrest can be prevented, and unpleasant agitators can be put out of action. The rest of the web is covered by cyber criminals, who are proven to be solely (!) based out of Russia, wear hoodies and wage a relentless virtual war against computers and data.

There are three possibilities for counteracting this disturbing development. The most likely one is: The population gets used to the surveillance, which is hardly felt and offers so much relief. Savings made on insurance premiums when you properly transmit your health data, b0etter credit for orderly behaviour, paying via face recognition, the elimination of cash money. These can all be nice little perks! The second option is: Get rid of all your devices, back to the typewriter, the library. Relocate to a cave on La Gomera.

The third possibility is: Digital self-defence.

This is possible through the adherence to specific codes of conduct and the application of easy-to-use tools. Today, the activists from the p≡p coop – members of pretty Easy privacy – will present the first concepts for an automatic protection of privacy and freedom of information.

The talk "Freundeskreis Freiheit (im Netz)- Die freundliche Verweigerung" will offer you some more information about this topic.


were not awarded any doctorates and studied nothing at length. The band has some 30 releases under their belt, play shows around the world and are not afraid of galleries, theatres or movies. The Chaos Computer Club once invited them to a convention, but Thomas was busy, so they couldn’t go. They’ve translated a Mark von Schlegell book, remixed the Eurythmics and played the first ever iPhone concert.

Dr. Meinhard Starostik
is a lawyer and judge at the Constitutional Court of the State of Berlin. He became known to the wider public through constitutional complaints filed against telecommunications data retention and the electronic proof of payment. He is a founding member of the p≡p coop.

Dr. Nana Karlstetter
works on structures for sustainable transformation. She mainly develops and realises projects in the areas of digital security/free software and resilience/climate change. She studied Philosophy, Mathematics and Psychology, has a PhD in Economics, as well as decades of experience in working with, and in, self-organised groups. She works for the p≡p foundation and the Ethical Ecological Rating research group (Goethe University Frankfurt a. M./Agentur Zukunft, Berlin). Ms. Karlstetter is a founding member of the p≡p coop.

Anti-Dr.Hernâni Marques
is a computer linguist, sociologist and neuroinformatic board member of the Chaos Computer Club Switzerland (CCC-CH) and member of the foundation council of the p≡p foundation. He helps create technical tools, restore privacy and is politically active in campaigning for privacy rights, freedom of expression and information.

Dr. Juli Zeh
legal expert and writer. Ms. Zeh unsuccessfully filed a constitutional complaint against biometric passports to the German Federal Constitutional Court. She is one of the initiators of the European Digital Charter, which was published at the end of November 2016. Together with Iliya Troyanov, she published “Attack on Freedom – The obsession with security, the surveillance state and the dismantling of civil rights” in 2009, in which she elaborated on the relationship between surveillance and human dignity. Ms. Zeh is a founding member of the p≡p coop.

Dr. Marc Uwe Kling
studied Philosophy, dropped out, studied Philosophy again, and dropped out again. Since then he has come to spend his time writing songs and books. His new novel “QualityLand” takes place in the future and, therefore, accidentally has a lot to do with technology. Mr. Kling is a founding member of the p≡p coop.

Dr. Sibylle Berg
studied Oceanography and Political Science to no distinctive success. She writes books, plays and campaigns against surveillance and fascists in her regular column in Der Spiegel. Mrs. Berg can solder. She is an objectophile and gets great pleasure out of technology, semiconductor boards, machine rooms, rotators, server rooms and lawn mowers. Mrs. Berg is a founding member of the p≡p coop.

Andreas Buff
(has not even A-level) quit his audio engineering career after he had to spend a long night in the recording studio with DJ Ötzi and studied Computer Science crabwise. Although he had been expelled from the territory of Spain for vagrancy in 1992 he now works in the capital of Catalonia, developing p≡p applications for mass encryption. Mr Buff is a founding member of the p≡p coop.

1 portion of surprise guest
Prof. Dr X