Algo­rithmic Manage­ment: Desi­gning systems which promote human auto­nomy

September 20 - September 21

This work­shop is part of a wider rese­arch project on Algo­rithmic Manage­ment which studies the struc­tural role of algo­rithms as forms of manage­ment in work envi­ron­ments, where auto­mated digital plat­forms, such as Amazon, Uber or Click­worker manage the inter­ac­tion of workers through algo­rithms. The process of assi­gning or chan­ging a sequence of indi­vi­dual to be completed tasks is often a fully auto­mated process. This means that algo­rithms may partly act like a manager, who exer­cises control over a large number of decen­tra­lized workers. The goal of our rese­arch project is to inves­ti­gate the inter­play of control and auto­nomy in a mana­ge­rial regime, with a specific focus on the food-­de­li­very sector.

If you want to attend this event, please first register with Hannah Waltl

Further details about the event are avail­able here: https://www.priva­cylab.at/work­shop-al­go­rith­mi­c-­ma­nage­men­t-­de­si­gnin­g-­sys­tem­s-w­hich-­pro­mo­te-hu­man-­au­to­nomy/

Boun­da­ries of AI - A Work­shop with Jeffrey Sachs, Robert Trappel and Austria’s AI Commu­nity

Professor Dr. Sarah Spie­ker­mann (WU Vienna), Co-Chair of IEEE P7000 stan­dard & Dr. Peter Lasinger (Capi­tal300), capital IT investor

AI, Ubiqui­tous Compu­ting and the Ques­tion of Ethics

Global atten­tion has shifted towards recent advances in machine learning and AI. A dualism of either enthu­siasm OR fear is common in many meetings on the subject matter; as know­ledge about the true limits of AI as well as its true poten­tials is limited. Some experts believe that AI – if supported by Ubiqui­tous Compu­ting envi­ron­ments – will be rising to a human level of intel­li­gence and beyond. Other experts are skep­tical and point to perfor­mance in isolated, well-­de­fined, mostly super­vised contexts. All agree that some ethical guidance around AI is needed; inclu­ding stra­te­gies to distin­guish good from bad. Very seldom – unfor­t­u­n­a­tely - the histo­rical roots of our thin­king about progress is part of the discus­sion. And prac­tical guidance on ethics in these new tech­no­lo­gies is rare. This AI event is diffe­rent. A small group of leading thin­kers in the field of AI and Ubiqui­tous Compu­ting will convene with philo­so­phers, AI inves­tors and experts in busi­ness ethics on the crucial issue of ethics and philo­sophy of AI and Ubiqui­tous Compu­ting. We will all sit on one long round table.

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Lobby­ists, Activists or Radi­cals: Who Will Save Freedom and Demo­cracy?

The event was orga­nized in co-ope­ra­tion with ÖH and GlobArt.

  • Are paid lobby­ists incre­a­singly shaping our society and what are we doing about it?

  • Is tradi­tional western demo­cracy and liber­ties coming to an end?

  • Can people still be heard or have the streets lost their power?

  • What can we do?

For this year’s ITalks we are delighted to have Simon Davies try to answer these ques­tions and give an insider talk about lobbyism, how it influ­ences privacy policy and what the activists on the other side of the “privacy war” are doing about it (or can do about it). Simon Davies is an advo­cate, an activist, campai­gner and a radical. He is also an academic, policy consul­tant, jour­na­list and author and is one of the most expe­ri­enced and influ­en­tial privacy experts and advo­cates of our time. Simon was one of the first campai­gners in the field of inter­na­tional privacy advo­cacy, foun­ding the watchdog orga­niza­tion Privacy Inter­na­tional in 1990 and subse­quently working in emer­ging areas of privacy such as elec­tronic visual surveil­lance, iden­tity systems, border secu­rity, encryp­tion policy and biometrics. He taught the ground­brea­king MSc Masters course in "Privacy & Data Protec­tion" at LSE for 13 years.

Read more about Simon Davies on his blog “The Privacy Surgeon”, on LSEs enter­prise offi­cial page or on Wiki­pedia.

ITalks III: Europe vs. Face­book

Ob PC oder Handy, Navi­ga­ti­ons­ge­räte oder Soziale Netz­werke: Neue Tech­no­lo­gien verän­dern unsere Gesell­schaft tief­grei­fend. Aber was bedeutet das für die Gesell­schaft, für Demo­kratie und Frei­heits­rechte? Diesem Thema widmen sich die ITalks des Insti­tuts für BWL und Wirt­schafts­in­for­matik jähr­lich neu.

Am 24. Jänner 2014 ist Max Schrems zu Gast an der WU, der öster­rei­chi­sche Student, der die Courage hatte, Face­book zu verklagen und seit nunmehr fast drei Jahren gegen die Daten­schutz­ver­stöße des Konzerns kämpft.

Ein Kampf gegen Wind­mühlen? Max Schrems berichtet in seinem Vortrag, was er errei­chen konnte und wie undurch­sichtig die Machen­schaften sind, die ihm im euro­päi­schen Rechts­pro­zess begegnen. „Unsere Grund­rechte sind heute kaum effektiv durch­setzbar, die Konzerne igno­rieren das Recht zu großen Teilen“, sagt er. „Es muss publik werden, in welch geringem Ausmaß Menschen heute ihr Grund­recht auf Privat­sphäre vertei­digen können“, sagt Prof. Sarah Spie­ker­mann, die dem einla­denden Institut für BWL und Wirt­schafts­in­for­matik vorsteht.

WU Studie­ren­den­team ‚hackt’ Face­book

Direkt im Anschluss an den Vortrag von Max Schrems stellt ein Team von Wirt­schafts­in­for­ma­tik­stu­die­renden der WU vor, wie sie Face­book mit den eigenen Waffen schlagen. Wegen des soge­nannten „Auskunfts­rechts“ bietet das soziale Netz­werk seit kurzem seinen Mitglie­dern die Mögl­ich­keit an einzu­sehen, was Face­book über sie spei­chert. Nutzer wiegen sich in Sicher­heit. Tatsäch­lich aller­dings spei­chert der Konzern mehr, als er seinen Mitglie­dern mitteilt und der eigenen  Entwick­ler­com­mu­nity zur Verfü­gung stellt. Als Entwickler haben die Studie­renden daher ein Programm mit dem Titel „Face­book Privacy Awareness App“ geschrieben. Dieses zeigt grafisch auf, was Face­book tatsäch­lich über seine Mitglieder weiß, und erlaubt jedem Nutzer, darüber hinaus deut­lich mehr Infor­ma­tion herun­ter­zu­laden, als Face­books eigenes Down­load-­Tool ermög­l­icht. Das Programm ist ab Freitag verfügbar unter www.priva­cy-a­wa­ren­es­s-app.org

For long, IT was regarded as a force that would change busi­ness and industry - in parti­cular - orga­niza­t­ional work and infor­ma­tion exch­ange in economic tran­sac­tions. Then the World Wide Web and devices such as mobile phones entered private lives - with amazing success!

Yet, this is only the modest start of the ubiqui­tous and perva­sive compu­ting envi­ron­ments we will see pene­tra­ting our ever­yday lifes: . augmented reality, virtual worlds, digital commo­di­ties, personal digital agents, smart cars, robots and a globally inte­grated IT infra­struc­ture are rapidly evol­ving, harves­ting the crea­ti­vity and time of hund­reds of millions of Internet users. In this way, IT is funda­men­tally chan­ging the way we do busi­ness, the way we earn money and the way we live.

Against this back­ground, ITalks invites experts and thought leaders that show and debate how diffe­rent markets func­tion today and how IT may or may not funda­men­tally change what we currently trea­sure and believe in. 

Privacy Impact Assess­ments (PIA) – A new way to enforce privacy in Europe?

1-Day Expert Sympo­sium, Friday 25th Nov 2011 Austrian Embassy Berlin

Privacy impact assess­ments are a core instru­ment to ensure Privacy by Design in tech­nical systems. The goal of this 1-day sympo­sium is to assemble thought leaders to discuss the virtue of privacy impact assess­ments (PIA) as a means for governing privacy in cyber­space. The first PIA frame­work deve­l­oped by industry for RFID and offi­ci­ally co-re­gu­lated by the EU Commis­sion will be presented. Already now this PIA Frame­work is heralded as a “land­mark for Privacy by Design”. Guide­lines for its deploy­ment as deve­l­oped by the German BSI and first prac­tical expe­ri­ences will be presented.

Vom Mythos Internet und dem Ende der klas­si­schen Medien

Wie die Ökon­omie der Aufmerk­sam­keit uns überr­ollt und die Medien der Demo­kratie in Frage stellt.

Es war ein voller Erfolg! Über 120 Teil­nehmer haben eifrig mitdis­ku­tiert. Hier eine zusam­men­fas­sende Film­do­ku­men­ta­tion, worum es ging: