Author: Stephan Humer

Dr. Stephan Humer is Research Director at the Berlin University of the Arts, one of the oldest and most renowned Universities in Germany. Several other involvements e.g. at the University of Potsdam and the Bucerius Law School Hamburg complete his commitment to serve as a researcher and innovator in the field of Sociology of the Internet and digital analyses. Since March 2013 he is also Chairman of Germanys largest Terrorism Research Network (NTF) which connects nearly 500 scientists and researchers.

Workshop Netzwerk Terrorismusforschung

Terrorismus A/D – am 14. und 15. März 2013 in Berlin

In knapp einem Monat ist es soweit: das Netzwerk Terrorismusforschung (NTF) lädt zum zwölften NTF-Workshop, diesmal nach Berlin in die Universität der Künste (Arbeitsbereich Internetsoziologie im Medienhaus). Hauptthema der beiden Konferenztage:

Terrorismus A/D – Wechselwirkungen zwischen analoger und digitaler Sphäre.

Aktuelle Programminfos sind ab sofort hier zu finden. Ein Programm-PDF kann hier runtergeladen werden.

Very good decision: “Naked-Image Scanners to Be Removed From U.S. Airports”

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration will remove airport body scanners that privacy advocates likened to strip searches after OSI Systems Inc. (OSIS) couldn’t write software to make passenger images less revealing.


A very good example of privacy rationality.

The Body Bomb Scenario

A secret report obtained by Newsweek lays out the diabolical plans of al Qaeda’s bomb guru: evading airport scanners by surgically implanting explosives in a terrorist’s love handles.


“undetectable by conventional security measures” – so how to fight it? Right: “The key is to get inside the enemy’s camp.” Thats probably the best way to protect the public from additional surveillance and search procedures.

NYPD Drive-by-Scanning

Who needs to be stopped for a search if a Police Officer can scan you from the comfort of his car?

“This technology has shown a great deal of promise as a way of detecting weapons without a physical search,” said New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly during his State of the NYPD address on Tuesday.

The gun scanning technology will help lessen the need for NYPD’s use of Stop and Frisk procedures that allowed officers to stop New Yorkers for random street interrogations or searches. In 2011, about 600,000-plus New Yorkers were stopped.

See the video to learn how it works.

Überwachung: Geschäft ist Geschäft

Cisco und China gemeinsam gegen … nun ja … “crime”?

Western companies including Cisco Systems Inc. are poised to help build an ambitious new surveillance project in China—a citywide network of as many as 500,000 cameras that officials say will prevent crime but that human-rights advocates warn could target political dissent.

(Quelle: WSJ)

Löschanträge wirken

Netzsperren sind das Mittel der Wahl bei Kinderpornographie? Sieht wohl nicht so aus:

– Im Januar hat das BKA aufgrund von gemeldeten Websites mit Kinderpornografie insgesamt 143 Seiten Mitteilungen ins Ausland versandt. 81 Prozent der Seiten lagen bei Providern in drei Staaten (33 Prozent USA, 33 Prozent Russland, 15 Prozent in Kanada).
РEine Woche nach Versand der ersten Mitteilung hatten die Provider 68 Prozent der beanstandeten Seiten gel̦scht, nach zwei Wochen waren 93 Prozent der Seiten gel̦scht.
РNach vier Wochen und zwei weiteren Mahnungen waren 140 der im Januar gemeldeten 143 Seiten gel̦scht.

(Quelle: SpOn; mit eigenen Hervorhebungen)

Erkennt man Sie anhand Ihres Browsers? Teil 2

Ab sofort gibt es das aktuelle White Paper der Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) zum Thema Browser Uniqueness. Das Ergebnis in aller Kürze:

PRIVACY PROJECT, which demonstrated that more than
8 in 10 people use browsers with unique, trackable
signatures. Having a distinct browser signature means your
individual movements on the web may be easier to track,
and several companies are already selling products that
claim to use browser fingerprinting to help websites
identify users and their online activities.