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09: Consequences of digital monocultures on societies

Breakout / Working Group
german language

Like the telephone in the 20th century, the internet has become a central infrastructure. Network effects, together with global markets, result in the formation of ever bigger internet giants with implications for inclusion and democracy and for consumers and the workforce. This leads to the rise of global enterprises which, exploiting the data collected by their users, exert state-like power and influence. This power shift and concentration has an enormous influence on politics and society. What should a European strategy to deal with this development look like?


Head, Department of Economic Policy, Vienna Chamber of Labour, Vienna Introduction
Professor, Institute of Organization and Learning, University of Innsbruck
Public Policy Manager, Google Germany GmbH, Berlin (tbc)
Director General, DG for Competition, European Commission, Brussels (tbc)
Deputy Director General, BEUC - The European Consumers' Organisation, Brussels
Publicist and Editor, Supporter of the Charter of digital fundamental rights of the European Union, Vienna Chair
Economic Expert, Department of Economic Policy, Vienna Chamber of Labour, Vienna Coordination

Mag. Christa SCHLAGER

Head, Department of Economic Policy, Vienna Chamber of Labour, Vienna

 Studies, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna
 Studies, Economics, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen
since 1999 Economics Department, Vienna Chamber of Labour, Vienna

Mag. Ursula PACHL

Deputy Director General, BEUC - The European Consumers' Organisation, Brussels

 Ms. Pachl has been with BEUC since October 1997, first as Legal Advisor, then as Senior Policy Advisor and recently as Deputy Director General.
 BEUC represents 43 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. The primary task of BEUC is to act as a strong consumer voice in Brussels and to try to ensure that consumer interests are given their proper weight in the development of all Community policies. Ms Pachl is inter alia leading BEUC s work on the consumer legislation acquis and is responsible for horizontal policy issues.
 Prior to working for BEUC, Ms. Pachl worked for five years at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Consumer Protection in Vienna and for four years at the Austrian Consumer Information Association as a member of the Consumer Advisory Board.

Mag. (FH) Ingrid BRODNIG

Publicist and Editor, Supporter of the Charter of digital fundamental rights of the European Union, Vienna

2005-2009 Freelance Journalist, Falter, Der Standard, Die Zeit, ORF Futurezone, Vienna and Graz
2007-2013 Reporter, Falter - Weekly Newspaper, Vienna
2014-2015 Media Editor, Falter - Weekly Newspaper, Vienna
2015-2017 Media Editor, profil Nachrichtenmagazin, Vienna
since 2015 Lecturer, University of Applied Sciences, Vienna
since 2017 Public Speaker,, Vienna
since 2017 Columnist, profil Nachrichtenmagazin, Vienna
since 2017 Austria's Digital Champion for the EU Commission

Technology Symposium

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11:00 - 12:00Open doors: #ART TEC: Interfaces between art, technology and scienceCulture
12:00 - 13:00Start of exhibition TEC-Xperience RoomPartner
13:00 - 13:10Welcome and openingPlenary
13:10 - 14:20RTI TalkPlenary
14:20 - 15:40Precision medicine - medicine's solution to diversity?Plenary
16:00 - 17:30Nutrition sciencePlenary
20:15 - 21:15Tickets to Berlin: Falling Walls Lab Austria & Summer School on EntrepreneurshipPlenary
21:15 - 23:00Die Presse Career lounge for students and young professionalsPlenary
21:30 - 23:00Evening ReceptionSocial


08:30 - 09:00TU Austria Innovation Marathon: ideas made to order - 24 hours nonstopPlenary
09:00 - 18:00Junior Alpbach - Science and Technology for Young PeopleBreakout
09:00 - 15:00Ö1 Children's University Alpbach - Science and Technology for KidsBreakout
09:15 - 10:30Seattle never sleeps: a young, booming innovation hub as this year’s guest at the Technology SymposiumPlenary
10:45 - 12:15Our digital future - how human will it be?Plenary
12:30 - 13:00Lunch Snacks for the Participants of the Breakout SessionsSocial
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 01: The contest for key technologies - Europe's potentials?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 02: Digitization and diversity - an opportunity for business locationsBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 03: Inequality and resilience in the digital economyBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 04: Gene therapy - intervention in nature or future hopeBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 05: Next-generation batteries: European leading-edge technology to leverage electromobilityBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 06: EU NIS directive and NIS act - what now?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 07: Industrial energy revolution: resilience through innovation?Breakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 08: Digital literacy for allBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 09: Consequences of digital monocultures on societiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: Future disruptive technologies: challenges for modern societiesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 11: Digital life in a physical world: rethinking digitizationBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 12: The renewability of societal resourcesBreakout
13:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 13: Resilience - how societies can cope with crisesBreakout
18:30 - 19:30Global talk: #MakeInIndia - India on the fast track?Plenary


09:00 - 10:30Cyborgs - when technology gets under your skinPlenary
10:50 - 12:00Resilience - digitisation and electronic mediaPlenary
12:15 - 13:00The physics of everyday thingsPlenary
13:00 - 14:00Snack ReceptionSocial