Cambridge Summer Institute – A Broad Academic Journey

The day started with an academic analyses of the most influential papers on leadership. I gained a great academic insight into the statistical strategies that brought out the current view on leadership. The following definition came out as a result of a heated, intercultural and interdisciplinary discussion between all students: Leadership may be defined as a position of power held by an individual in a group, which provides him with an opportunity to exercise interpersonal influence on the group members for mobilising and directing their efforts towards certain goals.

The final consensus was a great outcome of the lecture and the controversial discussion.

But Cambridge Summer Institute means more than academic experience in defined fields – it is moreover a broad academic journey through a variety of topics from different subjects.

As a political advisor at the German Parliament I greatly enjoyed the evening talk about “Surveillance and Edward Snowden”. The lecturer, Nora Ni Loideain, challenged the students’ views on the conflicting priorities of security and liberty.

Edward Snowden’s publications revealed that surveillance included the recording of data from the mobile phones of the head of states and the fact – that not only the US – but also nearly every European state took advantage of mass data recording. Hence, pointing a finger at a nation would be a false pathway.

Even tough I am confronted with the NSA-Affair on a daily basis because of my work, I realised during the lecture the weak political will that tries to support the clarification of the surveillance-affair. A sustainable global course has to be sorted out that could surely not end with the appointment of a “UN Rapporteur on the Right of Privacy”.

I envision a global movement that does not end with a part time rapporteur. The movement must moreover implement the right of privacy to the codes of law in the world to create a secure and liberal environment.

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