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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 Old-fashioned approaches to public safety and security appear to be outdated and no longer convincing.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 Chair
Professor for IP Law and IT Law, Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna Chair

Mag.iur. M.Sc. Angelika ADENSAMER

Policy Analyst,, Vienna

2008-2014 Law degree, University of Vienna
2014-2017 Short tirm Advisor, Austrian Parliament, Vienna
2014-2017 Criminological Researcher; University Lecturer; Court Trainee, Vienna
2015-2016 Masters degree, Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Oxford
since 2017 Policy Advisor,, Vienna

Dr. Nikolaus FORGO

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

1986-1990 Studium der Rechtswissenschaften, der Philosophie und der Sprachwissenschaften in Wien und Paris ( Paris II Pantheon-Assas)
1997 Promotion zum Dr. iur. in Wien (mit einer rechtstheoretischen Dissertation)
1990-2000 Assistent am Institut für Römisches Recht (Universität Wien)
1996-2000 IT-Beauftragter der rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Wien
seit 1998 Leiter des Universitätslehrgangs für Informationsrecht und Rechtsinformation an der Universität Wien
2000-2002 Verwalter einer Professur für Rechtsinformatik an der Juristischen Fakultät der Universität Hannover
2002 Ruf auf eine Professur für IT-Recht und Rechtsinformatik an der Universität Hannover (angenommen, Ernennung zum 1. Oktober 2002)
2005 Ruf auf eine Professur für IT- und Europarecht an die Donau Universität Krems (Österreich; abgelehnt)
seit 2007 Leiter des Instituts für Rechtsinformatik und Beauftragter für den Ergänzungsstudiengang Rechtsinformatik

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:30Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
17:30 - 18:15Opening speechPlenary
19:00 - 21:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary


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: Imminent climate shocks - Resilience and diversity in climate changeSeminar
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: Ethics in Action: Economics and Sustainable DevelopmentSeminar
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: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
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


19:00 - 20:00Global Muckraking: A guest lecture on investigative journalismPlenary


18:00 - 21:00FAN ReceptionSocial
19:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial