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For me, the most memorable moment was as described in EDRi tweet below.  This keynote talk reminds us of the thin line between totalism and democracy, portrayed from memories of the boy growing up in Poland under the Marshal law. Who are those bad guys that secret services and the police can freely and arbitrary listen, intercept their communication and gather their data? Is there democracy without privacy? I believe there is no. Privacy is for democracy like diversity is for ecology, and there is no diversity if people are afraid to learn and exchange.

For me, the most memorable moment was as described in EDRi tweet below.  This keynote talk reminds us of the thin line between totalism and democracy, portrayed from memories of the boy growing up in Poland under the Marshal law. Who are those bad guys that secret services and the police can freely and arbitrary listen, intercept their communication and gather their data? Is there democracy without privacy? I believe there is no. Privacy is for democracy like diversity is for ecology, and there is no diversity if people are afraid to learn and exchange.

The whole event was a touching time machine 15 years into the past and into the future. It makes me realize, however hard and sometimes depressing our work might seem, even if we might not see the results of our work in our lifetime, that is all fine, because we have much greater responsibility.  At that moment I took a pledge to an unborn curious girl that will be 15 years old on EDRi next birthday and promised her that I would do all I can do secure infrastructure for her safe exploration of human knowledge, creativity, and democracy. She could also be that boy born in communist Poland, a girl from Yugoslavia, or young boys and girls starting EDRi 15 years ago.  We are all curious children deserving to learn, to teach and to communicate without fear or sanctions or judgment. This quest is timeless and universal.  It is our duty towards all of them to persevere in our work.

I am grateful for being part of this event and having the opportunity to meet all those digital rights activists from around the Europe whos work I was following online for years. Thank you EDRi!