PrivacyWeek 2020

How the internet really works - What interferes with information traveling over the internet?
2020-10-30, 17:00–18:00, Lecture Hall 1
Language: English

We will read and show a chapter from our comic book "How the Internet Really Works - An illustrated Guide to Protocols, Privacy, Censorship, and Governance". How is censorship technically carried out and how can it be circumvented?


Ulrike Uhlig and Mallory Knodel will read and show a chapter from their comic book "How the Internet Really Works - An illustrated Guide to Protocols, Privacy, Censorship, and Governance". The book explains technical concepts to non-technical and technical readers alike using concise text and playful illustrations. Catnip, the cat that guides readers through our book, answers questions like these: Who controls the internet? How can I participate in shaping the internet myself? What is internet governance?

For this talk we will focus on those two questions: How is censorship technically carried out, and how can it be circumvented?

Lot's of details about the book and some of the pages for download on https://catnip.article19.org/

Our talk is suitable for people with technical and less technical backgrounds alike.

Ulrike Uhlig is a front-end web developer, Debian Developer, and graphic designer. Ulrike works with projects of the internet freedom community and nonprofit organizations at the intersection of technology, arts, and human rights. Born in East Berlin, she spent 15 years in France, where she obtained an MA in visual and contemporary arts.

Mallory Knodel is the chief technology officer for the Center for Democracy and Technology, the co-chair of the Human Rights and Protocol Considerations research group of the Internet Research Task Force, and a chairing advisor to the Freedom Online Coalition. Mallory has worked as a technical expert with grassroots and nonprofit organizations around the world since 2008. She holds a BS in physics and mathematics and an MA in science education.