Answers to 'I have nothing to hide'

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Session Description

Have you ever been told by your friends that they simply don't care who is having their data? Have you ever been searching for quick and easy answers to 'I have nothing to hide'?

Lets do a prep session where we will search for ways to explain the impact and importance of surveillance and data to normal people, people outside of the tech bubble.

See you there!

Contact the Organizer!

Because somebody asked: My (Viktor) mail address is mail (at) viktor-schlueter.de

Thanks to everybody who showed up, I think it was very nice and productive!

Session Notes

  1. Search for harms of corporate surveillance
  2. Identify principles, examples (freedom of expression, right to knowledge)
  3. Transfer common elements/principles to things closer to actual lives of actual people


Harms / Negative impacts of surveillance

  • Imprisonment
  • Harassment
  • Accountable for things you dont want to be
  • Targeted attacks
  • Self monitoring / self censorship
  • Expensive
  • Stressful - anxiety of being watched
  • Self limitation
  • "frog in boiling water" example - slippery slope
  • Lack of trust
  • Intense paranoia
  • Affects on family members
  • Less likely to communicate
  • Isolation
  • Suspicion / uncertainty
  • Distrust
  • Assumption of guilt
  • Parallel reconstruction
  • Not effective
  • Lack of security
  • Following the path forced by surveillance / sets the path
  • Becoming a product
  • Enables oppression
  • Adds to trauma of rights defenders
  • Burden of learning to prevent surveillance / resources used to prevent surveillance
  • Empowers bullies, enables shaming, harassment
  • Undermines Internet as a safe space


What is the actual harm/damage?

  • Personal security
  • Self-censorship
  • Expensive - both for the state and individual
  • Profiling
  • Freedom of information / expression
  • Perpetuates power imbalances (state/corporate/family)
  • Reinforces dominant relationships / institutional domination
  • Limits personal agency
  • Limits career opportunities
  • Limit participation in public life
  • Limits your dignity
  • Shrinks the space for dissent / civil society
  • Shapes your personality
  • Prevents personal change / right to be forgotten


  • Internet of things surveillance