Anne Roth

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A political scientist by education, Anne Roth is senior advisor for digital policy for the ‚Left Party‘ in the German federal parliament. She cofounded the first interactive media activist website, Indymedia, in Germany in 2001 and has been involved with media and digital rights activism ever since. She has worked as a journalist, web editor and translator. Anne was senior advisor for the Parliamentary Inquiry on Mass Surveillance of the German Bundestag, specifically for the parliamentary group ‚The Left‘ 2014 – 2017. Until August 2014 she was programme editor and researcher for the Privacy and Expression programme of the Tactical Technology Collective. Here she developed trainings and educational material on digital security and tracking, primarily directed at activists and communities at risk.

In 2007 Anne Roth became the „colateral damage“ of a terrorism investigation against her partner, Andrej Holm. The urban sociologist who researches gentrification had been accused of being the mastermind behind a group that committed arson attacks. The investigation stirred up international attention and was dropped later as no evidence was found to back up the charges.

Anne has written extensively about living with anti-terror surveillance and started this blog in 2007 to document her experience. Today she writes about domestic policy and home affairs, about media, net politics and feminist issues. Conferences she spoke at include the Chaos Communication Congress, re:publica and the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference. (2022)