One of the programme team’s favorite studies deals with “happiness”. Researchers analyzed and processed datasets compiled from song lyrics, blogs and U.S. president’s State of the Union speeches. The three most important findings: “Love” is the most frequently used word in song lyrics – but the “content level of happiness” in songs has been steadily decreasing since the 1960s, while the level of happiness in blogs, for example between 2005 and 2009, saw a noticeable increase – this was in close correlation with the age of the bloggers.  

That would suggest that things are still nicest here in the internet, something that seems very hard to believe given all that we’ve seen and read in the last years.

We’re taking a stand and raising the rainbow flag as an answer to the shrill sounds of nationalism, trolls and free-flying hate speech: Love Out Loud! [LOL] is the motto for the re:publica 2017 and we want you to join in, to hear your voices resonating from the stage like a Courtney Love scream. Everything taking place in this track is related to love, but we’re not getting too esoteric about it: whether it’s singing songs of praise, completely sober, scientific contemplations on relational bonds in the internet age, all the way to the dance of molecules, smell dating – or the continuous soundtrack in the courtyard provided by your very own “Love” playlists.

With "Love Out Loud!" we want to remind people what re:publica stands for. We want to focus on all the people, organizations and projects that have committed themselves to campaigning against hate, violence and injustice and who carry light into the darkest corners of society. They deserve our attention.

In 2017, we are primarily dedicating our stages to those people who are courageously standing up for humanity. That’s why "Love Out Loud!" should also be understood as an encouragement and invitation to raise your voice at the re:publica – and make it loud!

We hope that, with love in our motto, we’ll be able to successfully bundle all the positive energy and help create further networks during the three days.

Image credit: re:publica/Gregor Fischer (CC BY 2.0)

  • Above all, the Love Out Loud track should be understood as an invitation to become active in the face of problems or negative developments – be it in software or society. A look back at what happened at the re:publica 2017.

  • Our “Ministry of Uploads” has given their all and, with the help of Open Source developer Sebastian Ritterbusch, they’ve got the first videos ready for you online.


  • An attack on freedom of the press is an attack on democracy. In their re:publica keynote, journalists and activists told us about their struggle for the right to report – they addressed the crowd as representatives for those colleagues who are in prison or whose publishing companies have been closed.

  • In 2015, around 900,000 refugees reached the German borders. Since then, hundreds of new projects and initiatives have been created to provide those seeking refuge with new perspectives. The start-uppers Maxie Lutze, Henriette Schmidt and Ferdinand Dürr found some answers during their "Love Out Loud for Refugees" talk.

  • “Love out Loud!” - the slogan seems to fit Carolin Emcke perfectly. In 2016, her book "Gegen den Hass" (Against Hate) was awarded the German Book Trade´s Peace Prize and whilst she shares the re:publica call for love, it is however not without its limitations.

  • After the Love Out Loud! motto flooded the social networks and, hopefully, your #rp17 calendars as well, it's finally going to be time to get down to the nitty gritty during the three conference days.

  • By now, you’ll no doubt have noticed our Love Out Loud motto. We’d like to take the opportunity to present you the labore:tory sessions and activities taking place under this year’s motto. Stay tuned and get excited!

  • Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
    Together with the visitors of the re:publica 2017 we will produce a knitted data visualization.
  • Love Out Loud
    Das Internet schafft Raum für Information, Meinung, Diskussion und Streit. Bei Hass hört der Spaß aber auf. Weil der aber mehr wird, wehrt sich die Netzgemeinschaft. Mit Ideen, Ausdauer, dickem Fell. Und leider oft mit zu knappen Ressourcen und recht allein auf weiter Flur. Das wollen wir ändern. Wir wollen ein Netzwerk bauen für Gegenrede, positive digitale Meinungskultur und gegen den Hass im Netz. Das soll Unterstützung, Vernetzung und Sichtbarkeit schaffen, neue Mitstreiter begeistern und Industrie und Politik fordern. Im Lightning Talk gibts erste Einblicke und Diskussion.
  • re:publica
    Digital-to-analogue: Send a tweet with your very own positive slogan to @republica so that our illustrators Marius and Sven can paint them onto a protest sign! All signs will be exhibited in the Main Hall. Mark your tweet with #LOLreposter and stop by to see if it became “real“!
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    Though hate speech and digital violence constitute intricate problems
    for citizens in liberal democracies already, troubles increase when
    politics turned around. New strategies are to be developed within novel
    political and technical contexts, but how?
  • Love Out Loud
    “Auf der Schattenseite” is a VR experience created for International Justice Mission, a NGO that frees modern slaves worldwide, providing follow-up care and empowering local policemen and lawyers. In a reconstructed brothel we are sending the visitors virtually to India to be confronted with a young girl in forced prostitution.