Upcoming Lab Events

  1. Leading the World? Artificial Intelligence in China

    November 22 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm UTC+1
  2. Krzysztof Paruch: Economic Systems Engineering

    December 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+1
  3. Lab Annual Meeting

    December 11 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+1
  4. Ben Wagner: Max Weber and Online Content Moderation

    December 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+1
  5. Kris Ruijgrok: The politics behind India’s internet shutdowns

    January 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+1
Lab updates

ACCOUNTABLE-MOBILITY Project: Towards Realization of Accountable Multi-modal Smart Mobility in Vienna

We are delighted to inform you that the Privacy and Sustainable Computing Lab in collaboration with the Institute of Information Systems and Society (WU Wien), the Institute of Information Systems and New Media (WU Wien), and the Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development (WU Wien) has started the ACCOUNTABLE-MOBILITY project. The full title of the …

Ben Wagner: Fairness, Accountability and Transparency at FAT 2020 in Barcelona

Many colleagues at the Lab are interested in topics of Fairness, Accountability and Transparency. For those doing a PhD in this area, I can highly recommend the doctoral consortium of the ACM FAT 2020 conference in Barcelona: https://fatconference.org/2020/callfordc.html I’ve been lucky enough to chair Track 4 on Practice and Experience and it’s already obvious that the …

Die heimliche und die unheimliche Seite von KI: Alexa, was machst du da mit mir?

Teddybären alles erzählen, ist okay. Digitalen Sprachassistenten alles erzählen, ist riskant, aber nahezu unausweichlich. Und das ist ein Problem. Ein Essay. VON ESTHER GÖRNEMANN Wer einen Sprachassistenten in seine Wohnung einlädt, beginnt oft spielerisch mit Scherzfragen, seinen neuen digitalen Mitbewohner kennenzulernen. „Alexa, bin ich schön? Was hältst du von Siri? Hast du Hunger?“ Mit der Zeit …
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Professional Training at the Austrian Data Protection Authority

PhD candidate Esther Görnemann held an advanced training session for the Austrian Data Protection Authority on the Market, Functioning and user’s privacy concerns regarding Amazon Alexa. The training documentation was shared among the European Data Protection Board and is now available on the Privacy lab website.  The presentation covers a broad spectrum of issues around …

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 …
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New Book by Prof. Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff: Digitale Ethik. Ein Wertesystem für das 21. Jahrhundert

Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff presented her new book “Digitale Ethik. Ein Wertesystem für das 21. Jahrhundert“, published by Droemer on April 1, 2019 in Vienna. The author asks how humane progress can be created and maintained in a digital society in times of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. The book takes into account the individual, …

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 …
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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 …