Session
Fahrplan 34C3
Ethics, Society & Politics

The seizure of the Iuventa

How search and rescue in the mediterranean was criminalized
The ship „Iuventa“ of the organization „Jugend Rettet“ was seized on August 2nd 2017 by the Italian authorities. The accusations: facilitating illegal immigration, organized crime and possession of weapons. What followed was a smear campaign that had seldomly been seen before. Against „Jugend Rettet“ and all the other NGOs that do search and rescue (SAR) in the mediterranean sea.

After a short introduction in which we will explain what the civil search and rescue fleet does, we will describe the events that culminated in the seizure of the „Iuventa“. Which surveillance and intelligence techniques were used by the authorities to gather evidence. Evidence that has not been found, because it does not exist. We will describe who initiated the investigation against „Jugend Rettet“ and show how fascists, secret service and police worked hand in hand to stop the „Iuventa“ from saving people from drowning.

The seizure of the „Iuventa“ was neither the begin nor the end of a smear campaign to discredit the work done by the civil search and rescue fleet. It was a small part in much bigger game played by the european union to discredit the work of the NGOs working in the mediterranean. In our talk we will explain why there is such a big interest by the European states to hinder their work and how the European Union is actually breaking international law to do so.

Starting with a Frontex strategy paper from January 2016 we will describe how the European Union tries to externalize their borders onto the African continent. To places where there are no cameras or eye witnesses to show the European public the deadliness of their borders.

Finally we’d like to discuss what is still possible despite the growing pressure by the european states. How can we fight fortress Europe? How do we defend us against the accusations? What have we reached? What can we still reach?

Kathrin has been operating in search & rescue projects in the Aegean and Mediterranean for the last 21 months, since August 2016 she is supporting Jugend Rettet as Field Coordinator, RHIB driver and Head of Mission. 2017 she trained and briefed all crews that operated on the Iuventa and joined a number of missions off the Libyan coast - including the last one in which the ship was seized.

She was confronted not only with the fact that Jugend Rettet had been subject to surveillance by Italian authorities over months but also with the confiscation of her personal belongings including laptop and cell phones. Ever since she continued fighting along with Jugend Rettet against a legal, political and media campaign that aims to criminalise civil search and rescue organisations.

Hendrik has been on rescue missions with different NGOs since autumn 2016. He joined Jugend Rettet in June and July 2017 for two consecutive missions as RHIB driver and RHIB team lead. He was part of one of the missions where an undercover investigator raised accusations against the crew.

Since the seizure of the Iuventa he is busy working with the team that is fighting the accusations and the media campaign against civil search and rescue organisations.

Additional information

Type lecture
Language English

More sessions

12/27/17
Ethics, Society & Politics
Ingo Dachwitz
Saal Clarke
In der EU wird gerade über eine Verordnung verhandelt, die für die Vertraulichkeit der elektronischen Kommunikation verbindliche und zeitgemäße Regeln schaffen soll. Diese „ePrivacy-Verordnung“ könnte in absehbarer Zeit die letzte Möglichkeit sein, dem informationellen Kontrollverlust EU-weit politisch etwas entgegenzusetzen.
12/27/17
Ethics, Society & Politics
Mustafa Al-Bassam
Saal Borg
The Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG), a unit in one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, is tasked with creating sockpuppet accounts and fake content on social media, in order to use "dirty tricks" to "destroy, deny, degrade [and] disrupt" enemies by "discrediting" them. In this talk, we reveal some of that content, in relation to infiltrating activists groups around the world, including during the Arab spring and Iranian revolution.
12/27/17
Ethics, Society & Politics
Katika Kühnreich
Saal Adams
In 2014 China’s government announced the implementation of big data based social credit systems (SCS). The SCS will rate online and offline behavior to create a score for each user. One of them is planned to become mandatory in 2020. This lecture will review the current state of governmental and private SCS and different aspects of these systems.
12/27/17
Ethics, Society & Politics
Markus Beckedahl
Saal Borg
Deutschland hat gewählt, man weiß nur noch nicht, wer regieren wird. Bis Weihnachten könnte ein Koalitionsvertrag verhandelt worden sein, vielleicht auch später. Was sind die zu erwartenden großen Debatten der neuen Legislaturperiode?
12/27/17
Ethics, Society & Politics
Saal Clarke
France is part of the top countries trying to destroy encryption, especially through backdoor obligations, global interceptions, and effort to get access to master keys. French law already criminalises the use of encryption, imposing heavier penalties on people using it or regarding them as general suspects. How can we oppose this trend? What political role for developers?
12/27/17
Ethics, Society & Politics
Tim Carstens & Parker Thompson
Saal Adams
Software vendors like to claim that their software is secure, but the effort and techniques applied to this end vary significantly across the industry. From an end-user's perspective, how do you identify those vendors who are effective at securing their software? From a vendor's perspective, how do you identify those techniques which are effective at improving security? Presenting joint work with Sarah Zatko, mudge, Patrick Stach, and Parker Thompson.
12/27/17
Ethics, Society & Politics
Saal Adams
Der NSA-BND-Untersuchungsausschuss des Deutschen Bundestags ist zu Ende. Da bietet es sich an, nun auf die gesammelten Geheimdienstskandale und die Reaktionen auf die Enthüllungen zurückzublicken.