Austrian Big Brother Awards 2011

By EDRi · November 2, 2011

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The 13th consecutive Austrian Big Brother Awards were held in Vienna’s
Rabenhof Theatre on 25 October 2011. Entrance had to be closed an hour
before starting, the theatre was already packed then. 350+ people watched
the show inside, many more saw the live stream or assembled at public
viewings in Vienna, Graz and Linz.

The event was moderated by Austrian comedian Dieter Chmelar, accompanied
by a fantastic showband, plus two more live music acts on stage. The
laudators ranged from the chief editor of Austria’s largest weekly magazine
to distinguished university professors. VIPs on stage: Juan Manuel
Biain, director of the movie “Article 12”, James Vasile presenting the
Freedom Box and Peter Franck, president of the Chaos Computer Club.

The naming and shaming ceremony was accompanied by fits of laughter and
applause. The indispensable booos broke the 100 dB level, when Austrian
tabloid press veteran and declared enemy of privacy, Wolfgang Fellner,
was awarded a BBA coming with the title “grandpa of incest journalism.”
The other losers who won: the CEO of Telekom Austria, the Ministers of
Interior and Justice, the head of the anti-terror police unit, a
lifelong menace award was cashed in by Mark Zuckerberg. The “Defensor
Libertatis” was awarded to Max Schrems & Austrian commilitones, for the
“Europe versus Facebook” campaign.

The 13th Austrian BBAs were organized by EDRi-member quintessenz and
supported by a gallant crowd of individuals from other organizations like
VIBE!, the Austrian anti Data Retention platform,, artists & c.

Nominations for BBA Austria 2011 (only in German)

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(Contribution by Erich M.- EDRi-member quintessenz – Austria)