By analysing tactics and strategies of resistance connected with the Snowden affair in physical and digital life, this conference event brings together hackers, artists and critical thinkers, who apply and work on the concept of social justice from different angles. The goal is not to bring clear instructions, but to imagine possible alternatives into the development of shared forms of post-digital resistance.
The Snowden disclosures have increased the debate about surveillance, privacy and liberty involving many people among hackers, activists, media experts, politicians and critical thinkers in Berlin and worldwide. From one side they have contributed in bringing evidence to hidden geo-political power structures, confirming what many activists and hackers were suspecting since long: that surveillance and repression are not abstract threats, they are already invading public and private lives.
But from the other side, the difficulty of grasping the debate’s big political scale, the impossibility of accessing or spreading the leaked documents, and the general idea that “there is no place to hide”, have increased fears of surveillance and control – not only among the people targeted by surveillance, but also through civil society. Too often we have heard the question: What can we do?”. Many people are already developing alternatives to protect data privacy, but a deeper discussion on common and shared political agency and collective forms of resistance and civil disobedience that go beyond data protection is needed.
The conference programme involves journalists, artists, researchers and activists who analyse whistleblowing from a critical perspective bringing an insider critique of contemporary politics and state surveillance networks. Furthermore, it reflects on the long-term sustainability of whistleblowing practices, and the importance of establishing networks of trust, to protect possible sources and guarantee the rights of speaking out beyond fears, paranoia and the politics of war.