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, …
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Sarah Spiekermann on netzpolitik.org: Can Ethics be standardized?

Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann, chair of the Institute for Information Systems and Society at WU Vienna, gave an interview for the podcast netzpolitik.org on the question: “Can Ethics be standardized?” She was talking about the work on her new book Digitale Ethik, which aims to provide process standards for ethical design. A major focus of …
Lab updates

Ben Wagner on Challenging Online Hate with the Power of Community

Despite considerable efforts, hate speech remains a highly present online phenomenon. This is in no small part because hate speech is so difficult to identify. Hate speech is intersubjective construct, which makes it difficult to scientifically capture and measure. Both from a legal and societal perspectives, the understandings of what constitutes hate speech are widely …
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Soheil Human on EXPEDiTE: Human-centred Personal Data Ecosystems Made Possible

We are delighted to inform you that Privacy and Sustainable Computing Lab in collaboration with the Institute of Information Systems and New Media (WU Wien) has started the interdisciplinary research project EXPEDiTE. The full title of the project is “EXPloring opportunities and challenges for Emerging personal DaTa Ecosystems: Empowering humans in the age of the …
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 …
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How Moments of Truth change the way we think about Privacy

Esther Görnemann recently presented her work at the Lab as part of the Privacy & Us doctoral consortium in London. Her work provides an important perspective on the crucial role that the individual experience of Moments of Truth plays in understanding how human beings think about privacy and how under which circumstances they start actively …
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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 …