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Upcoming Lab Events

  1. CSH Workshop: “Developing Accountable Systems”

    January 22 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  2. First MyData Austria Meetup

    January 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  3. David Reichel: The impact of AI and big data on fundamental rights

    January 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  4. Sarah Spiekermann ‘Digitale Ethik’

    April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  5. Sabine Köszegi: Work 4.0

    May 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Opinion

How the Use of ‘Ethical’ Principles Hijacks Fundamental Freedoms: The Austrian Social Media Guidelines on Journalists’ Behaviour

A guest opinion piece by Eliska Pirkova The recent draft of the Social Media Guidelines targeting journalists working for the public Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) is a troubling example of how self-regulatory ethical Codes of Conduct may be abused by those who wish to establish a stricter control over the press and media freedom in …
Opinion

2 days to GDPR: Standards and Regulations will always lag behind Technology – We still need them… A Blog by Axel Polleres

In the light of the near coming-into-effect of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2 days from now, there is a lot of uncertainty involved. In fact, many view the now stricter enforcement of data protection and privacy as a late repair to the harm already done, in the context of recent scandals …
Opinion

Javier D. Fernández – Green Big Data

I have a MSc and a PhD degree in Computer Science, and it’s sad (but honest) to say that in all my academic and professional career the word “privacy” was hardly mentioned. We do learn about “security” but as a mere non-functional requirement, as it is called. Don’t get me wrong, I do care about …
Opinion

Axel Polleres: What is “Sustainable Computing”?

Blog post written by Axel Polleres and originally posted on http://doingthingswithdata.wordpress.com/ A while ago, together with colleagues Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff, Sabrina Kirrane, and Ben Wagner (who joined in a bit later) we founded a joint research lab, to foster interdisciplinary discussions on how information systems can be build in a private, secure, ethical, value-driven, and eventually more …
Opinion

Let’s Switch! Some Simple Steps for Privacy-Activism on the Ground

by Sarah Spiekermann, Professor of Business Informatics & Author, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria Being an “activist” sounds like the next big hack in order to change society for the better; important work done by really smart and courageous people. But I wonder whether these high standards for activism suffice to really change …