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Radio-Days Re-Visited – or the Demise of the Interwar Radio-Ham Culture

The history of radio is a crucial element of ENIGMA’s field of operation. Increasingly so, in fact – for reasons that shall be revealed in the very near future. I have devoted some time to digging through our vaults for… Læs mere

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2nd Call for Papers: The Eyes and Ears of Power – Surveillance, History, and Privacy

When: September 13–14, 2018 Where: Copenhagen, Denmark Conference language: English Deadline for proposals: 1 February 2018 Surveillance scholars and historians from different sub-disciplines – political, cultural, economic, legal, global, technological, media – are hereby invited to submit paper proposals to… Læs mere

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CALL FOR PAPERS: The Eyes and Ears of Power – Surveillance, History and Privacy

When: September 12–14, 2018 Where: Copenhagen, Denmark Conference language: English Surveillance scholars and historians from different sub-disciplines – political, cultural, economic, legal, global, technological, media – are hereby invited to submit paper proposals to an international conference on the history… Læs mere

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Alan Turing’s Lost Notebook

Alan Turing’s personal mathematical notebook went on display recently at Bletchley Park. Until now, the notebook has been seen by few—not even scholars specializing in Turing’s work. It is on loan from its current owner, who acquired it in 2015… Læs mere

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The world’s oldest naval ENIGMA

The German ENIGMA cipher machine is undoubtedly one of the most iconic artefacts of the World War Two era. Mysterious, fast and allegedly unbreakable, the crypto machine was at the very epicenter of a secret ‘cyberwar’ between Hitler’s Third Reich… Læs mere

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ICT & the Grand Challenges of Europe

Information and Communications Technologies figure rather prominently in present-day imaginings of Europe’s societal challenges, not least in relation to various kinds of security issues. They are invoked as causes as well as possible solutions to the security challenges of today… Læs mere

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Secret state surveillance in enemy hands

A frequently used argument about the dangers of surveillance regards the possibility to abuse surveillance systems by future governments who are less benevolent than the ones who implement them for the protection of our liberty. What would happen if the… Læs mere

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Monitoring Extremists – Historical Perspectives from a Europe in Flames

The monitoring of extremists and radicalized individuals through their means of communication is nothing unique for our current day and age. On 30 August 1939, the management of the regional Danish telecom provider Jydsk Telefon Aktieselskab, JTAS, received a letter… Læs mere

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Searching for Zimmermann

If you are a history buff like me, you probably know the story already: in early January 1917, the German Foreign Secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, sent an encrypted telegram to the country’s ambassador in Mexico. The telegram contained a secret scheme… Læs mere