MAASTRICHT. The School of Business and Economics students Evert Minh and Christoph Giesen have won the second Maastricht University Debating Championship (and a trophy). After several workshops and the semi-finals, four teams (from UCM, SBE, FASoS and Law) made it to the grand final last Thursday in the Student Service Centre (SSC). The theme of the debate was online privacy: ‘The police should have unrestricted access to all personal online data, including emails, web histories and private content on social media’. The SBE and Law teams had to defend this thesis, while UCM and FASoS were opposed.
The Law students stated that people would still be anonymous on the web. “The police would see the data without the accompanying names. Only if a reasonable suspicion arises against a person would he or she be further investigated. If this can prevent terrorism and other crime, we should do it.” The opposition felt this was too vague: “What exactly is reasonable suspicion?” The FASoS team pointed out that terrorism kills fewer people than horses do. “Maybe we should monitor what horses do all day. You can’t give up that much personal freedom for something that might not even happen.”
The Debating Championship is part of a week of activities in the SSC to celebrate its official reopening after the reconstruction of the Visitors' Centre and the creation of 150 new study places.