DISRUPT THE SYSTEM NOT THE CLIMATE: Surveillance, Climate Change & Global Conflict

by 14 November 2019


DISRUPT THE SYSTEM NOT THE CLIMATE: Surveillance, Climate Change & Global Conflict




Disruption Network Lab


Berlin (DE)



DISRUPT THE SYSTEM NOT THE CLIMATE is Disruption Network Lab’s closing event of 2019, which wraps up the 2019 conference series ‘The Art of Exposing Injustice’, as well as the first year of the Activation community programme.

Following previous conferences on exposing pervasive forms of control and investigating ways to produce technological and political awareness, the programme involves the Berlin-based Digitale Freiheit (Digital Freedom) collective and Australian journalist and OSINT researcher Michael Cruickshank. The talks will address respectively counter-surveillance techniques and the right to privacy as well as how climate change is intertwined with political conflicts. After the talks, the privacy-electropunk band “Systemabsturz” will perform live!

The programme of the evening is curated by Tatiana Bazzichelli & Lieke Ploeger.

Programme – Starting from 19:30

  • Presentation by Digitale Freiheit on their interventions against mass surveillance and facial recognition at the Südkreuz station in Berlin

  • OSINT for the Anthropocene Epoch: talk by Michael Cruickshank on how the field of open-source intelli-gence (OSINT) can be applied to the numerous emerging conflicts caused by the accelerating climate crisis

  • Workshop by Michael Cruickshank on OSINT research related to climate crisis

  • Live set: Systemabsturz – privacy-electropunk band

  • Bar open until midnight


Digitale Freiheit
Because currently one security law is passed after the other, but nobody has the idea to write freedom laws, Digitale Freiheit was founded in the summer of 2017. They are a group of young people who are committed to fighting with colorful and loud actions against mass surveillance and for more privacy. They want awareness about the impact of surveillance and underline why democracy needs privacy. They do this with political actions such as flash mobs, protests, workshops, movie nights or parties.

Since August 2017, as part of a joint project between the German Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Police, the BKA and Deutsche Bahn AG, systems of “intelligent” video surveillance have been tested at the Berlin railway station Südkreuz. The project was divided into two subprojects: in the first project, the police tested the use of live facial recognition systems. In the second project, which ended this month, the police tested the use of live behaviour detection systems. Members of Digitale Freiheit will talk about their interventions against this, the global picture and their other actions for privacy.

Michael Cruickshank
Freelance Journalist and OSINT Researcher
Michael Cruickshank is a freelance journalist and open-source intelligence (OSINT) researcher originally from Australia. After graduating from the University of Queensland, he studied at Shanghai’s Fudan University before moving to Europe. For the last few years he has been investigating the nexus of security, technology and the climate crisis, and has published articles from a range of locations around the world. Currently, he is working on a new project called ‘Anthropocene Intel’ which attempts to model and predict security crises caused by enviro-political factors.

OSINT for the Anthropocene Epoch
This talk and workshop looks at how the field of open-source intelligence (OSINT) can be applied to the numerous emerging conflicts caused by the accelerating climate crisis. It will discuss the utility of OSINT and why it is uniquely well-positioned for reporting and analysis of the effects of climate change on global security. Michael Cruickshank will present the common tools and approaches used within OSINT research before moving on to show how these can be applied to climate conflicts and humanitarian crisis around the world. He will complement this with example case studies showing how these techniques can be applied in practice. Finally, Michael will present a concept for how these small-scale investigations can be scaled up to provide a regional or even global model of how the environment, politics, and security are linked.

Following the talk, Michael will present a practical workshop on OSINT research. This workshop will teach attendees how to use common OSINT techniques for a wide variety of situations and investigations.

Privacy-electropunk band.


Entrance is free, but donations to support their work are welcome

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