Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff
Head of Institute
Institute for Information Systems and Society
Office Hours: Wednesday, 16:00-18:00 on appointment
Sarah chairs the Institute for Information Systems and Society at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna). She is author of the book “Ethical IT Innovation: A Value-based System Design Approach” and co-chair of IEEE's first ever standard on ethics in IT design. In addition to this work, she has published almost a hundred scientific articles on the social and ethical implications of computer systems and given many presentations and talks about her work around the world. Her main research interest is electronic privacy, disclosure behavior and ethical system design. Sarah has co-authored US/EU privacy regulation for RFID technology and regularly works as an expert and advisor to companies and governmental institutions, including the EU Commission and the OECD. She also maintains a blog on “The Ethical Machine” at Austria’s leading daily newspaper Standard.at and is on the board of the Austrian art and science think-tank GlobArt. Before being tenured in Vienna in 2009, Sarah was Assistant Professor at the Institute of Information Systems at Humboldt University Berlin (Germany), where she headed the Berlin Research Centre on Internet Economics (2003-2009), was Adjunct Visiting Research Professor with the Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA) (2006-2009), founded and shut down the company Skillmap (visualizing social networks) (2008-2011) and worked as a management consultant and marketing manager with A. T. Kearney and Openwave Systems. Sarah was born in 1973 and grew up near Duesseldorf in Germany.