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09: When Machines Judge People

Breakout / Democracy & the Rule of Law
in englischer Sprache

Algorithms are increasingly relied upon in decision-making processes, with far-reaching implications for us all. Will they promote equal opportunities or widen the social divide? It is up to us. What are the opportunities and threats inherent in algorithms and artificial intelligence? How can we put machines in the service of humankind?

Member, Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
Chairman, Network of the European Public Employment Services, Vienna
Professor and Chair, Institute for Information Systems and Society, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna
Senior Editor Machine Learning,, Berlin Chair
Co-Founder and Executive director, AlgorithmWatch, Berlin Comment


Member, Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh

1996-1998 Management Consultant, Roland Berger, Frankfurt
1998-2001 Chief Executive Officer, Northern Institute of Technology, Hamburg
2001-2008 Minister, Science and Research, Hamburg
2004-2006 Independent Minister, Health and Consumer Protection, Hamburg
since 2008 Member, Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
Chief Executive Officer, CHE Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung, Gütersloh

Dr. LL.M. Johannes KOPF

Chairman, Network of the European Public Employment Services, Vienna

 Europarecht-Postgraduate-Lehrgang, Donau-Universität Krems
 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften
1999-2003 Referent, Industriellenvereinigung, Schwerpunkt Arbeitsmarkt- und Beschäftigungspolitik, Wien
2001-2002 Österreichs Arbeitgeber-Verhandler, sozialer Dialog der EU zu den Themen Leiharbeit und Telearbeit, Brüssel
2003-2006 Arbeitsmarktexperte, Kabinett, Wirtschafts- und Arbeitsminister Dr. Martin Bartenstein; Mitglied, Verwaltungsrat, AMS Österreich, Wien
seit 2006 Mitglied des Vorstands, AMS Österreich, Wien
seit 2019 Vorsitzender des Netzwerks der Europäischen Arbeitsmarktverwaltungen


Professor and Chair, Institute for Information Systems and Society, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna

1992-1997 Studies in Business Administration, University Passau (intermediate examination), International Business School ESCP-EAP, Paris, Oxford, Berlin
1997-1999 Consultant with A.T. Kearney, Berlin
2000-2001 Doctoral Student, Humboldt University of Berlin
2002-2003 Strategic Marketing Manager EMEA, Openwave, Paris
2003-2007 Habilitation, Humboldt University Berlin Institute of Information Systems (Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D.), Managing Director of the Berlin Research Centre on Internet Economics (InterVal)
2008-2009 Lecturer, Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg Institute for Information Management
2008-2012 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, skillMap Ltd. (Humboldt University Berlin Spin-off)
2008 Offer for tenure, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
2009 Offer for tenure, University of Mannheim
2009-2010 Adjunct Professor of Information Systems, H. Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
2014 Visiting Research Fellow, OII - Oxford University Internet Institute
2016 Founder, Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab, WU Vienna


Senior Editor Machine Learning,, Berlin

 Chris Köver is a Senior Editor at and founder of feminist publication Missy Magazine. She covers machine learning, digital violence and privacy violations of marginalized groups and is one of the hosts of’s weekly podcast. Chris spent eight years founding and building Germany’s leading feminist periodical Missy Magazine, where she was editor in chief and managing editor. On the basis of her experience she also taught feminist cultural criticism and writing at Berlin University of the Arts, Akademie für Publizistik in Hamburg and at various other universities. She published two non-fiction books on Do-It-Yourself-Culture for girls and is driven by the belief that we have to understand technological innovation in order to shape it for the common good.

M.Sc. Matthias SPIELKAMP

Co-Founder and Executive director, AlgorithmWatch, Berlin

 Matthias Spielkamp is founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch, a non-profit advocacy and research organisation focusing on consequences of algorithmic decision making (ADM) on societies. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine, which in 2006 received the Grimme Online Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for online journalism. Matthias testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics and was a Fellow of ZEIT-Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator and the American Council on Germany (ACG). He serves on the governing board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders and the advisory councils of Stiftung Warentest and the Whistleblower Network, and is a member of the steering committee of the German Internet Governance Forum (IGF-D). Matthias has co-authored and edited several books on Internet governance, journalism and copyright regulation and holds master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Philosophy from the Free University of Berlin. He has contributed to publications like MIT Technology Review and Die Zeit and he has been quoted by Engadget, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wired and many others. In 2017 he was named one of 15 architects building the data-driven future by Silicon Republic.

Political and Legal Symposia

show timetable


17:00 - 18:45Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
19:45 - 20:45Promoting Stability in Wider Europe: The Role of the EU and the OSCEPlenary
20:30 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial


08:00 - 09:00ABGESAGT POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawBreakout
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic Income in FinlandBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Lost in Translation? The EU’s Struggle to Speak with One Voice on Foreign PolicyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Democracy BootcampBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019: Wake-up Call for Europe!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: Africa on the MovePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary


08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: New Wars – New EpidemicsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: A Pathway to Sustainable Business TransformationBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
16:30 - 17:45Liberty and Security in the Context of International RelationsPlenary
18:15 - 19:15How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:30 - 22:00Speakers’ NightPlenary


09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikeBreakout
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Tackling Complexity: Insights from the Alpbach Learning MissionsPlenary