Mario Birkholz

Society

Science has always had significant consequences for the living of people and society. Before starting to study a natural science, one may believe that science serves to find the truth and to decipher the riddles of nature. It certainly does that.

But in the 21st century, science has become a mass endeavor that primarily serves the purpose of improving people’s lives – an orientation of research that only is fair, as it is predominantly funded by the taxpayer. As scientists we only have to ask for what the results of our work are to be used. Quite often, research has been applied for the development of new weapon and surveillance technologies.

In particular in the 1980s, this latter role of research was addressed by many colleagues and some of the publications and papers mentioned below are devoted to this question.

Nowadays, the digitalization of our everyday life is highly dynamic undertaking, causing enormous improvements of work processes, but at the same time threatening our liberty rights. Fortunately, a number of initiatives is aimed at containing the risks and sensibilizing the use of the Internet. One of these initiatives is the lecture series “Internet and Privacy” at TU Berlin.

Data Protection

  1. Workshop at Bits-und-Bäume Conference 2022: “How much energy consumes my smartphone to spy on me?”
  2. Lecture Series “Internet and Privacy” 2019 and 2021 at Technical University Berlin

 

Publications on Science Policy

  1. M. Birkholz: Dem Zufall eine Chance geben, in: Physik Journal, Mitgliederzeitrschrift der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft, Heft 2, Seite 3, 2022 (english translation on Research Gate)
  2. M. Birkholz: Warum Institute ihr Erbe aus der DDR-Diktatur aufarbeiten müssen, Tagesspiegel, Berlin, 19.10.2021

Publications on Disarmament and Arms Research

  1. A. Schaper, M. Birkholz: Atomteststoppvertrag: Ein Durchbruch – aber noch kein Ende, Physikalische Blätter 52 (1996) 1219
  2. M. Birkholz: German Physicists: 1700 Tests are enough, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 45 (June 1989) 37
  3. M. Birkholz: Fallbeispiel: Marschflugkörper, Infodienst Wissenschaft und Frieden, 3, 1987
  4. Initiative “Abrüstung wählen”: Achtung, Achtung! Wir suchen Herrn und Frau Meier, Gestaltung: DENK NEU! Berlin, 1986
  5. M. Birkholz: Was können wir tun? Naturwissenschaftler für Abrüstung, in: Militarisierte Wissenschaft, Hrsg. Werner Butte, in der Reihe Technologie und Politik 22, S. 119, Reinbek bei Hamburg, 1985
  6. Forum Naturwissenschaftler für Frieden und Abrüstung: Den Frieden können die Wissenschaftler nicht erfinden – Sechs Argumente für einen Weltraum ohne Waffen, Münster & Berlin, 1984
  7. Arbeitskreis Physik & Rüstung: Die Bundesrepublik als heimlicher Waffenexporteur, Berlin, 1983