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 Old-fashioned approaches to public safety and security appear to be outdated and no longer convincing.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.
Professor for IP Law and IT Law and Head, Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna||
Policy Analyst, epicenter.works, Vienna
|2014-2017|| Short term 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, epicenter.works, Vienna|
Professor for IP Law and IT Law and Head, Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna
| ||Law Studies in Vienna and Paris|
|1998|| Founder and ever since head of the Postgraduate Program for Information- and Media Law at the University of Vienna|
|2000-2017|| Professor for IT-Law and Legal Informatics at Leibniz University Hannover|
|2007-2017|| Head of the Institute for Legal Informatics at Leibniz University Hannover|
|2013-2017|| Director of the Research Center L3s|
|2013-2017|| Data Protection Officer of Leibniz University Hannover|
|2015-2017|| Chief Information Officer of Leibniz University Hannover|
|since 2017|| Professor for IT- and IP Law at the University of Vienna|