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.