During Re:publica 2010, the international forum for bloggers and Web journalists hosted in Berlin, a young man connected on Chatroulette.com began to masturbate in front of more than 400 people, who were attending a conference about online sexuality.
Re:publica 2010 is a forum which is taking place for the fourth time in Berlin from April 14 to 16. It is focused on Internet and the impact that it has on the communication and on the new generations.
It is organized by newthinking communications and the publishing house Spreeblick Verlag. The Online Conference is presenting a 150-hour programme at up to eight venues in the space of three days.
The fourth edition of the conference is entitled ‘nowHere’, which expresses in a nutshell the current trend towards real-time online communications as well as the increased internationality of the conference.
A total of around 230 international Internet experts are expected as speakers in Berlin.
Highlights of the first two days were the famous American media writer and journalist Jeff Jarvis (“The German Paradox”) speaking about the debate on privacy protection in Germany; the Belorussian author and blogger Evgeny Morozov (“A Twitter Revolution without Revolutionaries”); the American Professor Tim Wu from Columbia Law School who talked about Net neutrality; the monologue of the German blogger Sascha Lobo; the conference of the US writer Melissa Gira Grant about "Sex and Internet", during which an anonymous man, who was connected online on the website Chatroulette, began to masturbate in front of the audience of 400.
Other area of focus at the conference is the topic of “Open Data”.
For the first time re:publica also presents the award for the “Deutsche Welle BOBS”. The winner of 2010 Edition has been Ushahidi.com.
Ushahidi, which means "testimony" in Swahili, is a platform which covers violence's stories around the globe.