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What was. What will. From election campaigns and other sensitivities

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As always, Hal Faber’s newsreel wants to focus on the details: the Sunday newsreel is commentary, outlook and analysis. It is both a retrospective and a preview at the same time.

*** Speaking of composure: As it currently looks, Olaf Scholz will be the next Federal Chancellor, the international law specialist Annalena Baerbock Foreign Minister and the programmer Saskia Esken will set up the new digital ministry. The interesting question is who will head the Ministry of the Interior, who will be the ruler of the state Trojan and who will design the “Visa on Arrival” that Germany, a country of immigration, needs, and not just since the disaster in Kabul. One way or another, Horst Seehofer will not be in the next federal government, his time is up. Behind a paywall stands a itemswho puzzles over the “300,000 to 5 million” Afghan refugees who, according to Seehofer’s statements in the Interior Committee, were heading for Europe. Without a paywall you can join Werner Schiffbauer read how the local staff debacle came about. The article contains pretty quotes: “The interior minister, not the foreign minister, bears the negative consequences of the visa exemption. In the foreign ministry, such concerns are perceived as petty, while the interior minister regards the attitude of a foreign minister as careless and reckless.”This is the conclusion of the former Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziére. A unit head of Department M in the Ministry of the Interior, which coordinates visa policy, wrote it even more clearly: “The law on foreigners is per se a value decision for a certain regulatory structure”, wrote Hans-Georg Maaßen in his dissertation. The sovereign determines the status of a foreigner, he defines the significant other, in whom the greatest threat to public order is seen in each case.



*** And otherwise? In a kind of balance sheet of the work of the abdicating federal government, the Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze of the daily News Declared perhaps the most successful minister in the Merkel cabinet. It is justified with the introduction of the CO2Prize and the Climate Protection Act, which all other CO2– Prescribes savings targets that were tightened again shortly before the end of the Merkel era. Svenja Schulze has now sparked discussions with a new campaign. Your prominent on the Ministry’s digitization page Asked sentence “If we continue digitization unchanged, it will accelerate the fire for the ecological and social crises of our planet. We need a trend reversal,” worried some Nerds for outrage and was dismissed as typical uncharted territory. But whoever followed the link in the sentence ended up with the Announcement of the digital product pass for batteries in electric vehicles. The idea of ​​creating a data record “that summarizes the components, materials and chemical substances or information on repairability, spare parts or proper disposal for a product” is not that bad. In addition to the batteries in vehicles, this also applies to smartphones and other IT equipment. By the way: In fact, the oh-so-capable Svenja Schulze has put a sentence on her website that is really nonsensical: “Environmental protection must be implanted into every algorithm.” Yes, do it then. Isn’t the LZ77 algorithm by Abraham Lempel and Jakob Ziv, to whom we owe our neat little zip files, a little bit of environmental protection?

*** When voting, computers play an important role. This applies not only to the masses of Sunday question calculators or the high-end computers that like to miscalculate, but also to the sniffing campaigner apps that collect all kinds of data. The Internet has also played an important role since 1992, when Brewster Kahle and Thinking Machines launched the Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) for the election campaign of Ross Perot to work. It’s worth it Video interview with Brewster Kahle to see, because back then the dream of an electronic democracy was dreamed without the constant talk of digitization as it is today. WAIS was visionary, but not decisive for the election: Perot took himself out of the race in the summer of 1992, only to get back in October. That cost him a lot of votes. The scandalous company Cambridge Analytica later referred to the experiments with WAIS, which had helped in Trump’s election campaign and also played a role in the British decision in favor of Brexit. That brings us to another paywall protected one Article with the joker Martin Sonneborn from the PARTY. The humor-plagued troop were presented with a PR offer from the London company New Century Media to pretzel the election campaign for 850,000 euros in such a way that the PARTY passed the 5 percent hurdle. The first blemish quickly appears: The PARTY should, according to the proposals of the PR consultants, convert itself into a kind of AfD light. The second mistake came to light after research by journalist Peter Kreysler: Century New Media had a number of employees who also worked at Cambridge Analytica until the company went bankrupt. Why they wanted to dissuade the PARTY from their satirical course remains to be clarified. But the course will be maintained, says Sonneborn in an interview: “We pursue politics out of honest indignation. Satire is always self-defense: it seeks liberation through laughter.”