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09: When Machines Judge People

Congress Centrum Alpbach
Breakout / Democracy & the Rule of Law
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Algorithms are increasingly relied upon in decision-making processes, with far-reaching implications for us all. Whether they will promote equal opportunities or widen the social divide 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?

Co-Founder and Executive director, AlgorithmWatch, Berlin Introduction
Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
Member of the Executive Board, AMS - Public Employment Service Austria, Vienna
Professor and Chair, Institute for Management Information Systems, WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna

Array 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.


Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh

Management Consultant, Roland Berger, Frankfurt Chief Executive Officer, Northern Institute of Technology, Hamburg Minister of Science and Research, Hamburg Minister of Health and Consumer Protection (independent), Hamburg Chief Executive Officer, CHE Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung, Gütersloh
since 2008

Dr. LL.M. Johannes KOPF

Member of the Executive Board, AMS - Public Employment Service Austria, Vienna

Referent, Industriellenvereinigung, Schwerpunkt Arbeitsmarkt- und Beschäftigungspolitik, Wien Österreichs Arbeitgeber-Verhandler, sozialer Dialog der EU zu den Themen Leiharbeit und Telearbeit, Brüssel Arbeitsmarktexperte, Kabinett, Wirtschafts- und Arbeitsminister Dr. Martin Bartenstein; Mitglied, Verwaltungsrat, AMS Österreich, Wien
 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften
 Europarecht-Postgraduate-Lehrgang, Donau-Universität Krems


Professor and Chair, Institute for Management Information Systems, WU - Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna

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

Political and Legal Symposium

show timetable


17:00 - 18:30Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary


09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawPartner
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
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 IncomeBreakout
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: to be announcedBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019 Ein Weckruf für Europa!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: How Can Africa and Europe Work Together?Plenary
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
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary


Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner


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: to be announcedBreakout
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
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 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Civil Society in Times of UpheavalPartner
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
18:00 - 19:00How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial


09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary