The 4 big Cs - command, control, computer and communication - are essential to the functioning of an information society.

Enterprises and corporations, military and governmental bodies, online service providers and secret services employ an impressive arsenal of sophisticated technology for control and security purposes. Under the pretext of national security, intelligence services have built up huge eavesdrop systems like Echelon, which allow them to intercept all electronic communication such as telephone calls, fax messages or e-mails worldwide. In a growing number of cities, the public and private areas are controlled by CCTV (Closed Circuit Television). Electronic voice, iris and fingerprint recognition as well as other biometric technologies allow or deny access to bank accounts, buildings, or information.

Internet service providers collect individual data, identify a user's favorite sites and special interests, and create individual customer profiles - valuable personalized data for marketing professionals and e-commerce enterprises. Data mining and data tracking technologies transform information on personal shopping behavior or fields of interest into the virtual doppelgänger.

World-C4U highlights state-of-the-art security and control technologies, allows hands-on experience and presents historic examples of security technology.