Who's Tracking You?

That's the question OKFN team answered

21 May 2014


What if you could go on a news site and see all the brands that are tracking you in real time? That is what OKFN is doing with their winning app from latest Editors Lab - F.A.Z. Hackdays. Their dancing brand logos just may be the future of 'Data Protection'.

If there is a post-Snowden era, we are in it – and journalism is at the centre of it. For last week's Hackdays in Berlin, hosted by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and supported by Google, programme manager Evangeline de Bourgoing and our partners chose the theme of 'Data Protection'. Here is why:

Nine teams from the best media in Germany gathered last Friday and Saturday in Berlin. The winning team, from Open Knowledge Foundation, chosen by jury members Marco MaasLeonard Novy and Evangeline de Bourgoing, also won for crowd favorite. Their project is called 'We used to read the newspaper now the paper reads us'. In the team's words: 'We're telling the story of news sites themselves that are violating your privacy by engaging in excessive user tracking'. Click on the picture to see a presentation. 

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The OKFN team is invited to compete against the other winning teams from all Editors Lab Season 2 Hackdays in the Final during the GEN Summit in Barcelona next month.

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The Jury also awarded special mentions to Süddeutsche, for Digitales Wimmelbild, and Rhein-Zeitung, for CamHunt. You can see their projects, and the other teams' projects here.

You can see all the pictures from the event here.

See also: Double Hackdays at the BBC