Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab

The incre­a­sing ubiquity of IT and data in corpo­rate infra­struc­tures and inno­va­tion endea­vours, as well as the rising perva­siveness of compu­ting in our daily lives, leads to the ques­tion how infor­ma­tion systems can be build in a private, secure, ethical and valu­e-d­riven manner. Current IT systems often fail to deliver on these requi­re­ments, commonly charac­te­rised as “soft” requi­re­ments, while aspects of tech­nical func­tio­na­lity domi­nate. The Privacy & Sustainable Compu­ting Lab aims at setting new stan­dards in rese­arch, educa­tion and prac­tice to address ethical issues in compu­ting. In a joint endea­vour, Prof. Dr. Sarah Spie­ker­mann and Prof. Dr. Axel Polleres have created this lab, in which scien­tists, poli­ti­cans and activists from around the world can now truly colla­bo­rate in an inter­di­sci­pli­nary way. Computer scien­tists work with psycho­lo­gists, mana­gers, lawyers and philo­so­phers on how to create an IT infra­struc­ture and IT inno­va­tion that is ethical and trust­worthy. To pass on the know­ledge created, the Lab is heavily involved in global stan­dar­di­sa­tion efforts toge­ther with orga­ni­sa­tions such as the W3C and IEEE. The Lab co-ope­rates with reco­gnised NGOs to promote the work of activists.

Dr. Ben Wagner is the mana­ging director of the Privacy & Sustainable Compu­ting Lab.