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Opening of re:publica 13. (l.r.r. Johnny Haeusler [de], Tanja Haeusler, Markus Beckedahl [de] and Andreas Gebhard [de]
Inaugurated11 to 13 April 2007
Sascha Lobos talk, stage 1, 2012
Sascha Lobos talk, stage 1, 2012
A child looks curiously to what a tablet is revealing at the re:publica 2015
A child looks curiously to what a tablet is revealing at the re:publica 2015

re:publica is a conference in Europe that deals with the Web 2.0, especially blogs, social media and information society. It annually takes place in May in Berlin. During three days talks and workshops about various topics are held, ranging from media and culture over politics and technology to entertainment. All talks and discussions are streamed directly to the internet.

The conference is organized by the operators of the German blogs Spreeblick[1] and[2] and is funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. Re:publica stems from res publica which translates to "public matter".

The first re:publica with the slogan "Leben im Netz" - Life in the internet - took place from 11 to 13 April 2007 and attracted about 700 visitors. Over the years the event grew continually, with 5000 international visitors and about 350 speakers in 2013.[3] Each year, different main focusses were set, for example data protection in 2008 and intellectual property rights and political aspects of internet usage in 2009.

In 2011, Daniel Domscheit-Berg introduced the project OpenLeaks as a planned politically neutral alternative to WikiLeaks during the conference.[4][5]

A highlight in 2012 was a talk with the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes who demanded to stop ACTA and SOPA.[6]

The eighth re:publica, titled INTO THE WILD, took place in May 2014.[7] The conference had 350 sessions on 18 stages, 500 volunteers and 6000 people overall, breaking its attendance record.[8]

The ninth re:publica took place from 5 May 2015 to 7 May 2015 with over 7000 people attending[9] and 450 speakers,[10] was the biggest re:publica ever.


  • re:publica’07 – Leben im Netz
  • re:publica’08 – Die kritische Masse
  • re:publica’09 – Shift happens
  • re:publica’10 – now here
  • re:publica’11
  • re:publica’12 – Act!on
  • re:publica’13 – IN/SIDE/OUT
  • re:publica’14 – INTO THE WILD
  • re:publica’15 – Finding Europe
  • re:publica’16 – TƎИ
  • re:publica’17 – Love out Loud!
  • re:publica’18 – POP
  • re:publica’19 – tl;dr

See also


  1. ^ "Spreeblick". Spreeblick Verlag KG. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  2. ^ "". e. V. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  3. ^ Boie, Johannes. "Lasst unser Internet in Ruhe, oder wir nehmen euch die Faxgeräte weg". Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  4. ^ "n-tv am 14. April 2011: Das bessere Wikileaks? Openleaks in den Startlöchern". Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  5. ^ Moog, Insa. "Openleaks: "Babyklappe für Informationen". Gespräch mit Daniel Domscheit-Berg während der Republica". Archived from the original on 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2013-12-05.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ Krempl, Stefan. "EU-Kommissarin: "Macht euch keine Sorgen mehr wegen ACTA"". Heise online. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  7. ^ "Here we go! 6th–8th May, re:publica 2014". republica GmbH. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  8. ^ "Bye bye INTO THE WILD - That's it!". re:publica. Archived from the original on 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-07-19.
  9. ^ Borchers, Detlef (2015-05-08). "re:publica 15: Pandas in Europa". heise online.
  10. ^ "Facts and Figures". re:publica. Archived from the original on 2015-02-06.
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