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Livestream: Godwin lecture by Cory Doctorow

Livestream: Godwin lecture door Cory Doctorow
DOSSIER: Geheime diensten

We will livestream the Godwin lecture that Cory Doctorow will give today, May 5th – Dutch national Liberation Day. During his lecture, Doctorow will draw comparisons between the NSA and the Stasi. From 8.30 PM CEST (Amsterdam time), you will find the stream here.

We organize this lecture in collaboration with De Correspondent and Artis. Maurits Martijn, a journalist with De Correspondent who is specialized in technology and surveillance, will moderate the evening. Besides Cory Doctorow, Hans de Zwart, director of Bits of Freedom, and Artis-professor Erik de Jong will say a few words.

The title of the lecture refers to the ‘law’ of Mike Godwin, which states that every online discussion will eventually become a discussion about WWII. Whoever dares to draw a comparison with WWII, will quickly be accused of ‘a Godwin’ and the discussion thread will be closed. The negative connotation of Godwin’s law fosters a taboo around drawing historical comparisons. Bits of Freedom wants to break this taboo and believes that keeping an eye on the past will actually help further the discussion on state surveillance and privacy.

  1. Axel Roest

    Hoi, kan de volgende keer de camera wat hoger?
    De achterkanten van hoofden zijn weliswaar erg interessant voor shampoofabrikanten, maar wat minder voor Cory Doctorow fans 🙂

  2. Axel Roest

    Apart from my previous response about backs-of-head-watching, which disappeared after clicking the button, the sound was also quite terrible in the beginning.
    Luckily after someone figured out the microphone wasn’t working it was fixed . 🙂
    Still, an experienced sound engineer might have been very helpful.

  3. Sharon

    Kunnen we deze lezing achteraf terugkijken? 🙂

  4. Bits of Freedom (Daphne)

    Ja, de tekst komt op De Correspondent. De video zullen we ook binnenkort online plaatsen.

  5. Sharon

    Fijn! De livestream was in ieder geval al erg handig en interessant. Bedankt BOF en bedankt Cory

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