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Opinion

Alexa as a psychotherapist

Members of the Privacy and Sustainable Computing Lab are teaching a variety of courses at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. In some cases, our students produce extraordinary work that stand on its own. Today’s blogpost presents what started as a class assignment by Zsófia Colombo, as part of a Master seminar on Sustainable …
Opinion

Sarah Spiekermann: Who looks after the Ethics of AI? On the Role of the Regulators and Standards

A lot of attention is paid these days to whether and how AI should be regulated to ensure its ethics.  A High-Level-Expert Group in Brussels has started the usual European “stakeholder-carousel” and called for input to their first ideas. But in fact, AI is a highly technical matter and when it comes to technical standardization, …
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 …