Call for SUMA award 2014/15 

SUMA is again looking for new projects, movies, clips or other material adressing the topic of new challenges in information society. The contest's topic for this year is: 
What to do after Snowden's disclosures of global surveillance of electronic communication? 

We learned that our electronic communication is subject to systematic and continuous monitoring by secret services and globally acting companies. What we do not really know is what we could do practically to protect our communication? How could we regain more privacy in electronic communication by phone, e-mail or on the web? 

SUMA would like to find projects addressing this issue. Do you know about companies, individuals or organisations that are developing concepts or products to establish more privacy?  If so, please tell us. 

Submitting an idea which we should regard for our SUMA Award is easy. Just write an e-mail to awards@suma-ev.de. Deadline is October, 31st 2014. 

This year's SUMA Award is endowed with 2,500 Euro. It will be given to the project which is promising the biggest potential. A jury membered with experts an professionals will review all submissions. The award will be presented upon the occasion of the next SUMA congress.

2013/14: Manniac won the SUMA Award 2013/14

SUMA-EV is Germany's non government organisation dedicated to free access to information. For the sixth time SUMA called for suggestions for its "SUMA Award". This award is granted for video clips or film projects which pick the topic of ethics in digital space.

SUMA award winning videoclip on Youtube: Manniac's "Der Ueberwachungsstaat"

Typical topics are uncontrolled internet surveillance, censorship or cyber-bullying. This year SUMA Jury granted the award to a Youtube user calles Manniac for his clip "Der Ueberwachungsstaat". In English: "The Surveilance State". 


SUMA Congress Main Topic: Escaping Surveilance State

The award was handed over during the annual SUMA Congress in Hanover, Germany in February 2014, by the inventor of the MP3 packing algorithm, Karlheinz Brandenburg, who said: "The author of the clip does not simply complain about surveilance by the government, he also demands rethinking of internet activities to every user. And the message was heard: One million views on Youtube say enough."

The prize was handend over witnessed by around 50 participants of the congress themed "Escape from Surveillance State". Scientists, specialists in information technology, educationalists and theologians took part and discussed with SUMA's Wolfang Sander-Beuermann, Andy Mueller-Maghun from Chaos Computer Club and Rafael Capurro, professor for ethics in information technology (Stuttgart Media University).






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