The program is not yet fixed. If you want to share your knowledge, even if it doesn’t exactly fit the focus of the camp, please get in touch with us and do it. As you can see there are still some free slots: feel free to fill them!

Duration: So. 26. Jan. 2020, afternoon, until Sa. 1. Feb, noon.


TimetableSunday MondayDienstagMittwochJeudiVendrediSamedi
09:30-12:00What is digital capitalism?Workshop: Encryption/ Digital SecurityFree time-slot group-specific workWorkshop: WordPress or MailinglistsWorkshop: NextcloudCleaning09:30
14:00-15:45ArrivalFree time-slot group-specific workSiliconization and DataFree time-slot for group-specific workOn Cyborgs and TranshumanismLa protection des «Whistleblower» 14:00
15:45-16:15UnpackZvieri ZvieriZvieriZvieriZvieri15:45
16:15-17:45ExploreFree SlotOn the existence of privacy Free SlotWorkshop: Rights n Risks
4 Activism in the Digital Sphere
Free Slot16:15
18:00-20:00Dinner & GADinner & GA Dinner & GADinner & GADinner & GA Dinner & GA 18:00
20:00-21:00Games, etc.Film ScreeningNight WalkFarewell Prdy20:00
21:00-22:00Games, etc.Film ScreeningNight WalkFarewell Prdy21:00
Sunday MondayMardiMercredi DonnerstagFreitagSamstag

Digital Capitalism? Preliminary Remarks and Discussion

  • Monday, 09:30-12:00
  • Lisa
  • Input & Discussion

Abstract: Is there such a phenomenon as digital capitalism? Should we be worried about it (more than about the usual monster)? And if yes, do we need new ways to fight it?
In the last years, there seemed to be a competition on what-ever-to-put-in-front of capitalism: data capitalism, communication capitalism, surveillance capitalism. Usually, these prefixes refer to technological innovations. These are described to change the underlying logic of the traditional capitalist system (in a broad sense: the capitalist society). Following selected examples of recent literature (Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, and others), I first want to introduce the thesis of digital capitalism and outline some of the arguments in favor (I). In the second step, this claim will be critically examined. I will suggest a way of mapping different areas, to prove more context sensibility instead of giving a simple new/not new answer (II). The last part of the introduction contains a view on practices of resistance against digital capitalism and the question if they are addressing the right problems (III).
No pre-reading or knowledge required. The discussion could be focused on the topic „is something new or not“ and more practical examples of resistance, but will be open to every question anyway.

Hands-On Workshop: Encryption and Digital Security for Dummies

  • Tuesday: 09:30-12:00
  • Hands-On Workshop

Siliconization and Data

  • Tuesday: 14:00-15:45
  • Stefan
  • Input & Discussion

Abstract follows!

On the existence of privacy

  • Tuesday: 16:15-18:00
  • Cecilia
  • Input & Discussion

Abstract: In the early years of the Internet, nobody questioned the goodness of it. The Internet was there to connect people, to help them expand their knowledge, and to create a better reality where we were truly equal and free.
20 years later, we feel like we are stuck in a dystopian future where the Internet is run by Big Tech companies, and all our actions online are surveilled. In this talk we will try to make sense of the reality we live in, trying to distinguish between conspiracy theories and actual threats and to answer the question: is privacy dead?

Hands-On Workshop: WordPress & Mailinglists for Dummies

  • Thursday: 09:30-12:00
  • Fabian
  • Hands-On Workshop

Abstract follows!

On Cyborgs and Transhumanism

  • Thursday: 14:00-15:45
  • Gregorio
  • Input & Discussion
  • Reading: Hacking, I. (1998). Canguilhem amid the cyborgs. Economy and Society, 27(2-3), 202–216. (get it here!)
  • Reading II: Canguilhem G. (1952). Machine and Organism. (get it here!).

Abstract: In his paper Canguilhem amid the Cyborgs (1997), Ian Hacking shows that Georges Canguilhem’s article Machine and Organism (1947) offers an excellent starting point for reflecting about the transformative effects of technologies on our lives: on the one hand, it reconstructs the origins of the mechanistic worldview in Descartes’s philosophy and in the development of capitalistic machinery as analyzed by Marx; on the other hand, it raises the question of whether the hybridization of machine and organic life that characterizes our epoch has an emancipatory potential (as held by Donna Haraway) or rather represents a dystopian danger.

Workshop: Rights and Risks for Activism in the Digital Sphere

  • Thursday: 16:15-17:45
  • KriJur Fribourg
  • Workshop

Abstract: The Internet came with many opportunities for organization and information sharing. Today, private corporations have virtually unlimited and privileged access to these opportunities, while activists suffer various repressions related to the digital sphere. This is why the collective “Kritische Jurist*innen Fribourg” questions what are our rights and what are the states, i.e. the police’s obligations related to our activities on the digital sphere. Questions such as the following will be discussed: “to what extent can the police use the information you post on the Internet (e.g. social medias)?” ; “can you film police brutality? And can the police film a protest or other kind of activism?”; “What kind of digital information related to your activities or identity can the police keep? And for how long?” ; “what is the legal framework of digital state-surveillance in Switzerland?”. Questions concerning the legal consequences related to digital activism per se will also be discussed.

Hands-on Workshop: Nextcloud

  • Friday: 09:30-12:00
  • Ugi
  • Hands-On Workshop

Abstract follows!

La protection des «whistleblowers»

  • Friday: 14:00-15:45
  • Vincent
  • Input & Discussion

Abstract follows!