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The lettering »Open Codes« in magenta against a background of code.

Digital sovereignty

Conference as part of the »Open Codes« exhibition

Thu, 02.11.2017, ZKM_Media Theater
Free entry, Please register at anmeldung@zkm.de


Is digital infrastructure trustworthy? Who can read what we post on the internet and (how) can this be prevented? As part of the »Open Codes« exhibition, high-ranking representatives of science, economy and politics will discuss a range of topics concerning digital sovereignty. 

SAVE THE DATE: Conference on November 2, 2017 at ZKM! 

In George Orwell's »1984«, there was dystopia, where every room was monitored by cameras – even today, we cannot understand where private secrets are transmitted to.
Previously, industrial spies with disguised miniature cameras made blueprints to obtain information – today, we do not know who has access to the contents of the networked company computers. In days gone by, countries were conquered by troops – today, external control of our digitalized infrastructure is enough to get an insight into our environments and paralyze whole areas of life. The question of controlling the manufacture and provision of our digital infrastructure develops from these observations: (How) can we make sure no-one is reading our entries? Is digital infrastructure trustworthy?
Most people would probably say no to these questions. But must this be the case? Can we imagine a different trustworthy, digital infrastructure? What does this mean for manufacturers, operators and end users? Where should politics regulate? Where not? And what are the hidden social risks if we do nothing?

The event will be opened by Prof. Jörn Müller-Quade (KIT), Prof. Ralf Reussner (FZI) and Prof. Jürgen Beyerer (Fraunhofer IOSB).

Participants of the conference

  • Rolf Schumann, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation EMEA, SAP
  • Prof.Dr. Wolf-Dieter Lukas, Head of Department in department 5: Key technologies – Research for Innovations, KIT-supervisory board, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Dirk Fox, Vorstand des Cyberforum e.V., Managing Director and Founder of the Secorvo Security Consulting GmbH and initiator of the Karlsruher IT-Sicherheitsinitiative (KA-IT-Si)
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Decker, Head of institute and Professor of Technology Assessment at the Institute of Philosophy of the KIT


Organization / Institution
ZKM | Karlsruhe, Forschungszentrum Informatik Karlsruhe (FZI), Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik,Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung Karlsruhe (IOSB), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
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