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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: