Lab updates

Ethics as an Escape from Regulation: From ethics-washing to ethics-shopping?

I recently had the pleasure of attending a fantastic seminar on 10 Years of Profiling the European Citizen at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) which was organised by Mireille Hildebrand, Emre Bayamlıoğlu and her team there. As a result of this seminar I was asked to developed a short provocative article to present among scholars there. As there …
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Workshop: Algorithmic Management: Designing systems which promote human autonomy

The Privacy and Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Europa-University Viadrina are organising a 2-day workshop on: Algorithmic Management: Designing systems which promote human autonomy on 20-21 September 2018 at WU Vienna at Welthandelsplatz 1,1020 Vienna, Austria This workshop is part of a wider research project on Algorithmic Management …
Interviews

Managing security under the GDPR profoundly

    An interview with  Dr. Alexander Novotny: The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires organizations to stringently secure personal data. Since penalties under the GDPR loom large, organizations feel uncertain about how to deal with securing personal data processing activities. The Privacy and Sustainable Computing Lab has interviewed the security and privacy expert …
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 …
Interviews

Consent Request

Olha, would you be so kind and introduce yourself and your project? My name is Olha Drozd. I am a project related research associate at theInstitute of Management Information Systems, working on the SPECIAL (Scalable Policy-aware Linked Data Architecture For Privacy,Transparency and Compliance) project a Research and Innovation Actionfunded under the H2020-ICT-2016-1 Big Data PPP call (http://specialprivacy.eu/). At the …
Lab updates

Council of Europe Study on Algorithms and Human Rights published

After two years of negotiations in the Council of Europe Committee of experts on Internet Intermediaries (MSI-NET) the final documents of the expert group have finally been published. While the negations among the experts and governmental representatives in the group were not without difficulty, the final texts are relatively strong for what are still negotiated texts. …
Interviews

“Why RFID Chips are Like a Dog Collar” Interview with Sushant Agarwal, Privacy and Sustainable Computing Lab

  Sushant would you please introduce yourself and tell us about your scientific work and background?   Sushant: My name is Sushant Agarwal. I did my Bachelor and Masters in India in Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.During this time, I did an internships at the University of Cambridge where I worked …