Black Code film screens to packed Palace Cinema in St.Gallen.

Black Code film screens to packed Palace Cinema in St.Gallen.

Followed by Q&A with Ron Deibert (CitizenLab Toronto) and Patrick Walder (Amnesty International)

On October 10th, the team screened the movie 'Black Code' to a packed Palace Cinema. Nicholas de Pencier’s film reveals how internet and 'big data' are used by governments worldwide to surveil and control their citizens, and how activists use the same technologies to protect themselves, to inform (themselves), and to organize protests.

A Q&A session followed, featuring Ron Deibert (subject of the movie and current guest professor at the SEPS) and Patrick Walder of Amnesty International Switzerland. Prof. Freyburg moderated a fascinating discussion between the two and the audience on the role of digital suveillance, protection of privacy, and what the internet means for democracy.