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02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilience

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Societies in the 21st century are changing at breath-taking speed. Digital technologies are performing an increasing number of tasks in the economy, in politics, and in the private sphere. Data is everywhere and has become the lifeblood of our digitised world. Therefore, IT security is of paramount importance. The effort to make our IT infrastructures secure and resilient enough to resist outside attacks, and the desire of states to keep their areas of influence ‘secure’ and ‘safe’, have lead to the desire to read and analyse traffic and data wherever it can be tracked. Tensions abound between the demands of security, safety, privacy, liberty and technical feasibility.
At the same time, digitalisation holds huge potential for the pursuit of autonomy, freedom and a more sustainable society, making new solutions for old problems possible. Old-fashioned approaches to public safety and security appear to be outdated and no longer convincing.

This seminar will explore the diverging requirements of security, privacy, freedom and control, discussing the resilience of core societal values and mechanisms against digital disruption as well as potentials and scenarios for a more sustainable society. Input will come from different perspectives, including computer science, law, philosophy and the social sciences and further disciplines and points of view.

Policy Analyst,, Vienna
Professor for IP Law and IT Law, Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna

Mag.iur. M.Sc. Angelika ADENSAMER

Policy Analyst,, Vienna

Law degree, University of Vienna Short term Advisor, Austrian Parliament, Vienna Criminological Researcher; University Lecturer; Court Trainee, Vienna Masters degree, Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford

Dr. Nikolaus FORGO

Professor for IP Law and IT Law, Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna

University Assistant at the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna and its IT representative Founder and ever since head of the Postgraduate Program for Information- and Media Law at the University of Vienna Professor for IT-Law and Legal Informatics at Leibniz University Hannover Head of the Institute for Legal Informatics at Leibniz University Hannover Director of the Research Center L3s Data Protection Officer of Leibniz University Hannover Chief Information Officer of Leibniz University Hannover
 Law Studies in Vienna and Paris

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 16:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
16:15 - 16:30The Last Days of Mankind – OpeningPlenary
17:00 - 19:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary
19:00 - 20:30Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: Physics meets economics – climate science and policySeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on societySeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to humansSeminar
Seminar 11: European Security – Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars – Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Ethics in Action: Economics and Sustainable DevelopmentSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: Warrior of the Heart – DojoSeminar
Seminar 20: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 21: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 22: European Citizenship – Attitudes and Skills for a Democratic Youth CultureSeminar


17:00 - 18:00Online Disinformation: A guest lecture on journalismPlenary


16:00 - 19:00FAN ReceptionSocial
17:00 - 19:00ReceptionSocial