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

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Societies in the 21st century are changing at breathtaking speed. Digital technologies are coming to perform 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. However, recent events have illustrated how tiny flaws in the technical set-up of any IT infrastructure can have a profound impact. Therefore, IT security is of paramount importance. But security does not come for free. 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’ trigger the wish to read and analyse traffic and data everywhere. Tensions between the demands of security, safety, privacy, liberty and technical feasibility ensue.

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 Old-fashioned approaches to public safety and security appear to be outdated and no longer convincing.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 but not limited to computer science, law, philosophy and the social sciences.


Professor for IP- and IT- Law, Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna Chair
Speaker, Chaos Computer Club; Editorial Staff, e. V., Berlin Chair

Dr. Nikolaus FORGO

Professor for IP- 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

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