Meet The People

  • People
    Soheil Human
    Soheil Human
    Director and Management Board
    Ben Wagner
    Co-Director and Management Board
    Anahi Kazzazi
    Anahit Kazzazi
    Researcher
    Aniko Hannak
    Researcher
    Axel Polleres
    Management Board
    Eliska
    Eliška Pírková
    Management Board
    Fabian Fischer
    Working Group Co-coordinator
    Florian Cech
    Management Board
    Gustaf Neumann
    Advisory Board
    Hooman Habibnia
    Researcher
    Jana Korunovska
    Researcher
    Juan Quintero
    Researcher
    Kathrin Bednar
    Research Group Co-head
    Mandan Kazzazi
    Mandan Kazzazi
    Researcher
    Markus F. Peschl
    Advisory Board
    Matthias C. Kettemann
    Management Board
    Niklas Kirchner
    Researcher
    Olha Drozd
    Researcher
    Paola Lopez
    Researcher
    Piero A. Bonatti
    Advisory Board
    Rita Gsenger
    Researcher
    Sabrina Kirrane
    Management Board
    Sarah_Spiekermann
    Sarah Spiekermann
    Advisory Board
    Simon Steyskal
    Researcher
    Soheil Hosseini
    Researcher
    Till Winkler
    Research Group Co-head
  • Directors
    Soheil Human

    Soheil Human

    Director and Management Board

    Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Science-Technology-Society (STS), Accountable Computing

    Soheil Human has  an interdisciplinary background in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, History and Philosophy of Science and Science-Technology-Society (STS). Currently, he is a lecturer and research associate at the Department of Information Systems and Operations of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) and a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna. His current research focus is on human needs, personal data processing and accountable computing. Soheil applies a wide range of theories and methods from Philosophy, Cognitive & Information Economics, Conceptual & Computational Cognitive Modelling, Artificial Intelligence, and Semantic Web in his research. His other research interests involve human values, pluralism & epistemic disagreements, predictive processing, sociotechnical imaginaries and cognitive information economies.

     

    Ben Wagner

    Co-Director and Management Board

    Accountable Systems, Human-Centric Computing & Technology Governance
    Dr. Ben Wagner is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), where his research focuses on technology policy, human rights and accountable information systems. He is an Associate Faculty member at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, a visiting researcher at the Human Centred Computing Group at the University of Oxford and a member of the Advisory Group of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). He previously worked at the Technical University of Berlin, Cambridge University, the University of Pennsylvania and European University Viadrina. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from European University Institute in Florence.

  • ‌Board
    Soheil Human

    Soheil Human

    Director and Management Board

    Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Science-Technology-Society (STS), Accountable Computing

    Soheil Human has  an interdisciplinary background in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, History and Philosophy of Science and Science-Technology-Society (STS). Currently, he is a lecturer and research associate at the Department of Information Systems and Operations of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) and a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna. His current research focus is on human needs, personal data processing and accountable computing. Soheil applies a wide range of theories and methods from Philosophy, Cognitive & Information Economics, Conceptual & Computational Cognitive Modelling, Artificial Intelligence, and Semantic Web in his research. His other research interests involve human values, pluralism & epistemic disagreements, predictive processing, sociotechnical imaginaries and cognitive information economies.

     

    Ben Wagner

    Co-Director and Management Board

    Accountable Systems, Human-Centric Computing & Technology Governance
    Dr. Ben Wagner is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), where his research focuses on technology policy, human rights and accountable information systems. He is an Associate Faculty member at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, a visiting researcher at the Human Centred Computing Group at the University of Oxford and a member of the Advisory Group of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). He previously worked at the Technical University of Berlin, Cambridge University, the University of Pennsylvania and European University Viadrina. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from European University Institute in Florence.

    Axel Polleres

    Management Board

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Axel Polleres joined the WU in September 2013. Before he worked at TU Vienna, Univ. Innsbruck, Univ. Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain), the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway (Ireland), and for Siemens AG. His research focuses on ontologies, query and rules languages, Semantic Web technologies (particularly scalable semantic data management), Web services, knowledge management, Linked Open Data, configuration technologies and their applications. Axel has published more than 100 scientific articles and actively contributed to international standardisation efforts within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) where he co-chaired the W3C SPARQL working group.

    Publications / Contact

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    Eliška Pírková

    Management Board

    Online hate speech, surveillance and security, freedom of expression 

    Eliška Pírková is a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, faculty of law. Currently, she works for the Laws of Surveillance and Security (LOSS) Project that is funded by the Academy of Finland. Her doctoral thesis concerns the phenomenon of online hate speech and the protection of freedom expression in digital age. Her main area of research interest is the protection of human rights in online space, European constitutionalism and Internet governance. Eliška has experience with working for both, international organisations and NGO sector. She regularly lectures on various human right topics and has served as the main editor of human rights section in the Finnish Yearbook of International Law.

    Florian Cech

    Management Board

    Algorithmic Accountability & Transparency

    Florian Cech is a research scientist and PhD candidate at the Centre for Informatics and Society (C!S) at TU Wien. His research is focused on aspects of the digital transformation related to algorithmic accountability, transparency and user interface design, and he teaches classes on Critical Algorithm Studies. He is also working as a software engineer, developing sustainability management and energy accounting tools with the European Energy Awards (EEA) program.

    Matthias C. Kettemann

    Management Board

    Internet Law, Online Rule-Making, Human Rights in Digitality, Internet Governance

    PD Mag. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard), joined as an associate researcher in 2019. In 2020 he was elected member of the Management Board. Matthias is co-leader of the Platform and Content Governance Research Group. Outside the lab, Matthias is Head of the Research Program Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI), Hamburg and Visiting Professor of international law at the University of Jena. At the Lab, he runs a multidisciplinary research project with Ben Wagner conducting freedom of expression governance analytics on user comment datasets of newspapers and information exchange sites. He studied international and Internet law in Graz, Geneva and Harvard Law School and completed his postdoctoral work at the Cluster of Excellence “The Emergence of Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Matthias has provided expertise for the German Bundestag, several DAX companies, foundations and international organizations, on Internet regulation, cybersecurity and human rights.

    Sabrina Kirrane

    Management Board

    Dr. Sabrina Kirrane joined the WU as a postdoctoral researcher in September 2015 and was the Founding Director of the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab. Prior to taking up the position at WU she was a researcher at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland. Her PhD focused on the problem of access control for the Web of Data. Before that she spent several years working in Industry on topics around data integration and security, such as system security requirements and implementation in an application service provider environment. Sabrina’s research focuses on the privacy issues that can result from interlinked machine-readable data. Dr. Kirrane is a guest editor for the Journal of Web Semantics special issue on Security, Privacy and Policy for the Semantic Web and Linked Data and besides others organiser of the PrivOn workshop series on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web – Policy and Technology.

  • Advisory Board

    Gustaf Neumann

    Advisory Board

    Head of the Institute for Information Systems and New Media
    Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

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    Markus F. Peschl

    Advisory Board

    Markus F. Peschl (*1965) is professor of cognitive science and philosophy of science at the University of ViennaDept. of Philosophy. His areas of research and expertise include innovation, cognitive science, organizational theory and strategy, design, and spaces for knowledge- and innovation work (Enabling Spaces).

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    Piero A. Bonatti

    Advisory Board

    Full professor at the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

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    Sarah_Spiekermann

    Sarah Spiekermann

    Advisory Board

    Co-Founder of the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab
    Head of the Institute of Information Systems and Society
    Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

    Univ.Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann is a professor for Business Informatics since 2009 and chairs the IMIS. Her main areas of expertise are electronic privacy, RFID, personalization/CRM, attention and interruption management (notification platforms) and context-adaptivity. She has been advising the EU Commission in the area of privacy for RFID since 2005, served as a reviewer of RFID FP7 projects SMART and BRIDGE, co-authored and negotiated the PIA-Framework for RFID (signed in April 2011 by the EU Commission) and developed the PIA guidelines for privacy-friendly RFID systems for the German Federal Institute of Information Security (BSI) (published in November 2011).

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  • Computer Science
    Soheil Human

    Soheil Human

    Director and Management Board

    Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Science-Technology-Society (STS), Accountable Computing

    Soheil Human has  an interdisciplinary background in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, History and Philosophy of Science and Science-Technology-Society (STS). Currently, he is a lecturer and research associate at the Department of Information Systems and Operations of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) and a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna. His current research focus is on human needs, personal data processing and accountable computing. Soheil applies a wide range of theories and methods from Philosophy, Cognitive & Information Economics, Conceptual & Computational Cognitive Modelling, Artificial Intelligence, and Semantic Web in his research. His other research interests involve human values, pluralism & epistemic disagreements, predictive processing, sociotechnical imaginaries and cognitive information economies.

     

    Alexander Novotny

    Alexander Novotny

    Researcher

    Cyber-Security, Risk & Technology in Society

    Dr. Alexander Novotny is an information security and privacy specialist. He is an information security manager of cyber risks in the utilities industry and member of the EE-ISAC (European Energy Information Sharing and Analysis Centre) dealing with joint analysis of cyber threats, vulnerabilities, incidents, solutions and opportunities to improve the resilience and security of the European energy infrastructure. He is a member of the IEEE P7000 engineering methodologies for ethical life-cycle concerns working group addressing ethical considerations throughout the various stages of the IT system development lifecycle (SDLC). Moreover, Alexander is a lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He has been teaching lectures on information privacy and security, IoT security, ethical computing, and information and communication technology.

    Alexander is a certified CIS information security manager according to ISO 27001. Also, he is a certified auditor for the IT-security of critical infrastructures according to § 8a (3) BSIG of the German IT-security law (“IT-Sicherheitsgesetz”). Moreover, he has been serving as a standardization expert for digital marketing and privacy at the Austrian Standards Institute.

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    Aniko Hannak

    Researcher

    Algorithmic Auditing, Computational Social Science

    Aniko has been assistant professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and faculty member of the Complexity Science Hub since September 2018. She received her PhD from the College of Computer & Information Science at Northeastern University, where she was part of the Lazer Lab and the Algorithmic Auditing Group.

    Aniko’s main interest lies in computational social sciences. She is focusing on the co-evolution of online systems and their users. Broadly, her work investigates a variety of content serving websites such as search engines, online stores, job search sites, or freelance marketplaces. In this quickly changing online ecosystem, companies track every move of their users and feed the collected data into Big Data algorithms in order to match them with the most interesting, most relevant content. Since these algorithms learn on human data they are likely to pick up on social biases and unintentionally reinforce them. In her PhD work, Aniko created a methodology called “algorithmic auditing”, which tries to uncover the potential negative impacts of large online systems. Examples of such audits include examining the filter bubble effect on GoogleSearch, online price discrimination or detecting inequalities in online labor markets.

    Axel Polleres

    Management Board

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Axel Polleres joined the WU in September 2013. Before he worked at TU Vienna, Univ. Innsbruck, Univ. Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid, Spain), the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at NUI Galway (Ireland), and for Siemens AG. His research focuses on ontologies, query and rules languages, Semantic Web technologies (particularly scalable semantic data management), Web services, knowledge management, Linked Open Data, configuration technologies and their applications. Axel has published more than 100 scientific articles and actively contributed to international standardisation efforts within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) where he co-chaired the W3C SPARQL working group.

    Publications / Contact

    Fabian Fischer

    Working Group Co-coordinator

    Fabian Fischer is a disciplinary hybrid, combining Science & Technology Studies with Computer Science. He is currently University Assistant (prae doc) at the Centre for Informatics and Society (C!S) at the TU Wien. His research interest is the study of algorithmic systems, particularly those that are data-driven, with a focus on marginalisation practices. Strong technical skills gathered during several years in research & development of data-driven systems (largely in EU-funded research projects) is combined with strongly empirical, qualitative social science research. This interdisciplinary expertise is also the foundation of his teaching on Critical Algorithm Studies at TU Wien.

    Florian Cech

    Management Board

    Algorithmic Accountability & Transparency

    Florian Cech is a research scientist and PhD candidate at the Centre for Informatics and Society (C!S) at TU Wien. His research is focused on aspects of the digital transformation related to algorithmic accountability, transparency and user interface design, and he teaches classes on Critical Algorithm Studies. He is also working as a software engineer, developing sustainability management and energy accounting tools with the European Energy Awards (EEA) program.

    Gustaf Neumann

    Advisory Board

    Head of the Institute for Information Systems and New Media
    Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

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    Hooman Habibnia

    Researcher

    Hooman Habibnia holds his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Tehran. He is currently studying the Middle European Interdisciplinary Master’s program in the field of Cognitive Science (Mei: CogSci) at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He joined the Sustainable Computing Lab as a research assistant in 2019. His interests vary from HCI, data-driven AI, human decision making, behavioral economics to predictive processing.

    Javier Fernández

    Researcher

    Management, Compression and Encryption of Semantic Data

    Dr. Javier D. Fernández is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Information Business at the Vienna University of   Economics and Business (WU Wien), where he employed under a Lise Meitner grant that is funded by the FWF Austrian Science Fund. He holds a joint Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Valladolid (Spain) and the University of Chile (Chile), performing this double diploma thanks to an Erasmus Mundus grant. Before he joined the WU, he worked at the  Ontology Engineering Group (OEG) at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain), and the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica Automatica e Gestionale at Sapienza Universit a di Roma (Italy).

    Publications / Contact

    Juan Quintero

    Researcher

    Privacy by design, usability, user acceptance of connected cars  

    Juan is a researcher at Uniscon GmbH and Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen (FAU, Germany), within the Privacy & Us-project (Marie Skłodowska-Curie, Horizon 2020). His research focuses on the privacy, usability, and user acceptance of connected cars, considering as scenario: Usage-Based Auto Insurance. Since 2006 Juan has been working with many different software companies applying different software processes and methodologies. At the same time, He has been researching in Digital Signature, Privacy, Dynamic Binary Instrumentation, Steganography, and Big Data. Juan holds a Master degree in Computer Science and Information Security from Industrial University of Santander, Colombia.

    Marie-Theres Sekwenz

    Researcher

    Law, Artificial Intelligence, Governance

    Marie-Theres Sekwenz is a researcher working on law, regulation and governance of artificial intelligence at the privacy and sustainable computing Lab. Before joining the Lab she studied law and economics at WU Vienna and the Graduate School of Management at St Petersburg. She has a range of professional experience from public affairs, to publishing and tax law and compliance as well as a strong artistic background, having worked at the Konzerthaus, a leading cultural institution in Vienna.

    Markus Sabadello

    Researcher

    Politics and Technologies of Digital Identity

    Markus Sabadello has been a pioneer and leader in the field of digital identity for many years and has contributed to cutting-edge technologies that have emerged in this space. He has been an early participant of decentralization movements such as the Federated Social Web, Respect Network, and the FreedomBox. He has worked as an analyst and consultant at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet&Society, at the MIT Media Lab’s Human Dynamics Group, at the World Economic Forum, and at the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. Markus has spoken at dozens of conferences and published papers about both the politics and technologies of digital identity. In 2015 he founded Danube Tech, a consulting and development company that contributes to Sovrin Foundation, the Decentralized Identity Foundation, and various self-sovereign identity projects around the world.

    Olha Drozd

    Researcher

    Privacy by Design: Privacy Patterns

    Olha Drozd is a teaching and research associate currently working on the Online Interactive Privacy Pattern Catalog. Before joining the institute for Management Information Systems at the WU she worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Information Systems at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Olha also worked as an IT project manager at DDM Studio- a digital production studio located in Kyiv, Ukraine. She managed digital production teams for such brands as Fox TV (US), Sesame Street, Chevrolet, Swisscom, AirFrance-KLM, Saatchi & Saatchi, Sanofi-Aventis, and others.  Olha’s research interests focus on privacy by design and privacy patterns.

    Publications / Contact

    Piero A. Bonatti

    Advisory Board

    Full professor at the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy

    Link

    Sabrina Kirrane

    Management Board

    Dr. Sabrina Kirrane joined the WU as a postdoctoral researcher in September 2015 and was the Founding Director of the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab. Prior to taking up the position at WU she was a researcher at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, Ireland. Her PhD focused on the problem of access control for the Web of Data. Before that she spent several years working in Industry on topics around data integration and security, such as system security requirements and implementation in an application service provider environment. Sabrina’s research focuses on the privacy issues that can result from interlinked machine-readable data. Dr. Kirrane is a guest editor for the Journal of Web Semantics special issue on Security, Privacy and Policy for the Semantic Web and Linked Data and besides others organiser of the PrivOn workshop series on Society, Privacy and the Semantic Web – Policy and Technology.

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    Sarah Spiekermann

    Advisory Board

    Co-Founder of the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab
    Head of the Institute of Information Systems and Society
    Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

    Univ.Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann is a professor for Business Informatics since 2009 and chairs the IMIS. Her main areas of expertise are electronic privacy, RFID, personalization/CRM, attention and interruption management (notification platforms) and context-adaptivity. She has been advising the EU Commission in the area of privacy for RFID since 2005, served as a reviewer of RFID FP7 projects SMART and BRIDGE, co-authored and negotiated the PIA-Framework for RFID (signed in April 2011 by the EU Commission) and developed the PIA guidelines for privacy-friendly RFID systems for the German Federal Institute of Information Security (BSI) (published in November 2011).

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    Simon Steyskal

    Researcher

    Semantic Technology, Web Standards & Licenses

    Simon Steyskal holds master’s degrees in Software Engineering & Internet Computing as well as Information & Knowledge Management, both from the Vienna University of Technology (TU) and joined WU in January 2014 as a PhD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Axel Polleres. He is also working as a research scientist for Siemens AG where he is involved in a joint research project between Siemens AG and WU. He is also an active member of the W3C RDF Data Shapes working group and involved in the standardization process of a W3C permissions and obligations expression language carried out by the W3C Permissions & Obligations Expression working group.

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  • Social Science
    Anahi Kazzazi

    Anahit Kazzazi

    Researcher

    Gender Bias, Intercultural Aspects of Digital Transformation, Civil Courage

    Anahit Kazzazi specialises in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of science, philosophy, and art. She completed her PhD in humanities at the University of Sussex in 2017. She applies a wide range of methods from humanities and social sciences to the study of how gender biases of the real world are transferred to the digital world. In particular, she works on the aspect of co-production of female identity in social media. Besides the development of conceptual frameworks for understanding the similarities and differences of the real and digital worlds, she normally follows a case-based approach in her research to explore the different aspects of the digital gender identities in relation to other sociotechnical dimensions and actors.

     

    Azadeh Badieijaryani

    Researcher

    Azadeh Badieijaryani holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Alzahra University in Tehran and a Master’s degree in Sociology with a focus on gender and society from the University of Amsterdam. She is currently pursuing her second Master’s degree in Science-Technology-Society (STS) at the University of Vienna. Her main research interests are STS-related concepts such as sociotechnical imaginaries, ontological politics, techno-science and gender, and public engagement with techno-sciences.

    Bernadette Kamleitner

    Researcher

    Privacy and Data Ownership, Psychological Implications of Smart Technologies

    Univ.Prof. Dr.Dr. Bernadette Kamleitner joined WU as a professor for Marketing with a special focus on Consumer Behavior in 2012. She is head of the Institute for Marketing and Consumer Research and has a background in both business and psychology. Her research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of consumer behaviors, including the way consumers perceive and deal with personal data and an increasing digitization of everyday phenomena. In particular, she is an internationally recognized expert on perceptions of ownership on which she has published and spoken in numerous internationally renowned fora.

    Christian Göbel

    Researcher

    Digital Technology, Demonstrations, Social Credit System

    Prof. Dr. Christian Göbel joined the Lab in December 2017. He is a University Professor of Modern China Studies at the University of Vienna, Department of East Asian Studies. A political scientist and sinologist by training, his research is concerned with the adaptability of the Chinese Party-State to social, economic and political challenges. He is especially interested in effects of digital technology on local governance in China. Data derived from expert interviews, expert surveys and web harvesting is processed by means of qualitative content analysis, text statistical methods and inferential statistics.

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    Esther Görnemann

    Researcher

    Transparency & Psychological Data Ownership

    Esther Görnemann joined the team at the Institute for Management Information Systems in August 2016 as a project related research associate for the EU project “Privacy and Usability”.  In her research, she focusses on transparency and psychological data ownership and related fields such as the perception of risk and data governance. She has a Master in Business Management and a Master in International Marketing. Data markets, user’s data sharing behavior and risk awareness were main focuses during her studies. Prior to working at the Institute, Esther worked as Management Consultant for KPMG in Finance and IT Advisory and several years in Marketing, PR and Customer Relationship Management in the Solar Industry.

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    Fabian Fischer

    Working Group Co-coordinator

    Fabian Fischer is a disciplinary hybrid, combining Science & Technology Studies with Computer Science. He is currently University Assistant (prae doc) at the Centre for Informatics and Society (C!S) at the TU Wien. His research interest is the study of algorithmic systems, particularly those that are data-driven, with a focus on marginalisation practices. Strong technical skills gathered during several years in research & development of data-driven systems (largely in EU-funded research projects) is combined with strongly empirical, qualitative social science research. This interdisciplinary expertise is also the foundation of his teaching on Critical Algorithm Studies at TU Wien.

    Florian Cech

    Management Board

    Algorithmic Accountability & Transparency

    Florian Cech is a research scientist and PhD candidate at the Centre for Informatics and Society (C!S) at TU Wien. His research is focused on aspects of the digital transformation related to algorithmic accountability, transparency and user interface design, and he teaches classes on Critical Algorithm Studies. He is also working as a software engineer, developing sustainability management and energy accounting tools with the European Energy Awards (EEA) program.

    Georg Reischauer

    Researcher

    Georg Reischauer is a postdoctoral research associate at Vienna University of Economics and Business and Johannes Kepler University Linz. His research focuses on digital innovation and digital organization. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Vienna.

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    Mandan Kazzazi

    Mandan Kazzazi

    Researcher

    Mandan Kazzazi holds a PhD in Humanities from the University of Edinburgh. Currently, she is conducting research on human-centric information systems and online consent management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

    Matthias C. Kettemann

    Management Board

    Internet Law, Online Rule-Making, Human Rights in Digitality, Internet Governance

    PD Mag. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard), joined as an associate researcher in 2019. In 2020 he was elected member of the Management Board. Matthias is co-leader of the Platform and Content Governance Research Group. Outside the lab, Matthias is Head of the Research Program Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI), Hamburg and Visiting Professor of international law at the University of Jena. At the Lab, he runs a multidisciplinary research project with Ben Wagner conducting freedom of expression governance analytics on user comment datasets of newspapers and information exchange sites. He studied international and Internet law in Graz, Geneva and Harvard Law School and completed his postdoctoral work at the Cluster of Excellence “The Emergence of Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Matthias has provided expertise for the German Bundestag, several DAX companies, foundations and international organizations, on Internet regulation, cybersecurity and human rights.

    Paola Lopez

    Researcher

    Algorithmic Governance, Equal Treatment Law, STS

    Paola Lopez is a mathematician, and she is working on an interdisciplinary PhD thesis at the Faculty of Law at the University of Vienna where she investigates automated decision-making systems and predictive analytics. Her focus lies on the epistemic limits of these systems, as well as on their equal treatment and democracy-political implications when used in governance constellations. She teaches disciplinary Mathematics classes, as well as interdisciplinary Algorithmic Bias classes.

    Rita Gsenger

    Researcher

    Rita Gsenger is a scientific employee at the Institute of Information Systems and New Media at Vienna University of Economics. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Vienna and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck. She is currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary European Master’s program Cognitive Science at the University of Vienna. Her main research interests are Philosophy of Technology, Ethics and Human Computer Interaction from an interdisciplinary perspective.

  • Humanities

    Ben Wagner

    Co-Director and Management Board

    Accountable Systems, Human-Centric Computing & Technology Governance
    Dr. Ben Wagner is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), where his research focuses on technology policy, human rights and accountable information systems. He is an Associate Faculty member at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, a visiting researcher at the Human Centred Computing Group at the University of Oxford and a member of the Advisory Group of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). He previously worked at the Technical University of Berlin, Cambridge University, the University of Pennsylvania and European University Viadrina. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from European University Institute in Florence.

    Anahi Kazzazi

    Anahit Kazzazi

    Researcher

    Gender Bias, Intercultural Aspects of Digital Transformation, Civil Courage

    Anahit Kazzazi specialises in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of science, philosophy, and art. She completed her PhD in humanities at the University of Sussex in 2017. She applies a wide range of methods from humanities and social sciences to the study of how gender biases of the real world are transferred to the digital world. In particular, she works on the aspect of co-production of female identity in social media. Besides the development of conceptual frameworks for understanding the similarities and differences of the real and digital worlds, she normally follows a case-based approach in her research to explore the different aspects of the digital gender identities in relation to other sociotechnical dimensions and actors.

     

    Azadeh Badieijaryani

    Researcher

    Azadeh Badieijaryani holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Alzahra University in Tehran and a Master’s degree in Sociology with a focus on gender and society from the University of Amsterdam. She is currently pursuing her second Master’s degree in Science-Technology-Society (STS) at the University of Vienna. Her main research interests are STS-related concepts such as sociotechnical imaginaries, ontological politics, techno-science and gender, and public engagement with techno-sciences.

    Christian Göbel

    Researcher

    Digital Technology, Demonstrations, Social Credit System

    Prof. Dr. Christian Göbel joined the Lab in December 2017. He is a University Professor of Modern China Studies at the University of Vienna, Department of East Asian Studies. A political scientist and sinologist by training, his research is concerned with the adaptability of the Chinese Party-State to social, economic and political challenges. He is especially interested in effects of digital technology on local governance in China. Data derived from expert interviews, expert surveys and web harvesting is processed by means of qualitative content analysis, text statistical methods and inferential statistics.

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    Eliska

    Eliška Pírková

    Management Board

    Online hate speech, surveillance and security, freedom of expression 

    Eliška Pírková is a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, faculty of law. Currently, she works for the Laws of Surveillance and Security (LOSS) Project that is funded by the Academy of Finland. Her doctoral thesis concerns the phenomenon of online hate speech and the protection of freedom expression in digital age. Her main area of research interest is the protection of human rights in online space, European constitutionalism and Internet governance. Eliška has experience with working for both, international organisations and NGO sector. She regularly lectures on various human right topics and has served as the main editor of human rights section in the Finnish Yearbook of International Law.

    Kathrin Bednar

    Research Group Co-head

    Human Wellbeing, Ethics & IT

    Kathrin Bednar is a teaching and research associate at the Institute for Management Information Systems at WU Vienna. She has a background in Psychology, Philosophy and Cognitive Science and has been teaching classes on human-centered design and sustainable IT. Her general research interests focus on the impact of technology on our lives and psychological wellbeing, a challenging topic considering an environment dominated by new technologies and media. Currently, Kathrin is looking into ethical IT design & innovation and technology attitudes.

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    Krisztina Rozgonyi

    Researcher

    Media Governance, IP regulation and communications policy

    Dr. Rozgonyi is an Assistant Professor with the Media Governance and Media Industries Research Lab at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna. Dr. Rozgonyi works with international and European organizations (such as ITU/UN, UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Commission, World Bank InfoDev, OSCE and BBC MA), with national governments, regulators, and companies as senior adviser on media freedom, spectrum policy and copyright legal frameworks re: digital audiovisual archives.

    She has worked for the governments of Serbia, Rwanda, Thailand, United Arab Emirates as well as for international organizations in the Ukraine, Macedonia, Israel, Poland, FYROM, Albania and Egypt. Between 2004-2010 she served as the Chairperson (Deputy Chairperson) of the Telecoms Authority in Hungary. Dr. Rozgonyi’s expertise lies in media and telecommunications policy-making and regulation with extensive experience in legal drafting, legal analysis and legal reform work. She holds a PhD in Communication Sciences (University of Vienna); a Doctor Juris in Law and State Sciences (Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Law, Budapest); an MA in Communication Sciences (Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Budapest); and an MBA (Central European University).

    Mandan Kazzazi

    Mandan Kazzazi

    Researcher

    Mandan Kazzazi holds a PhD in Humanities from the University of Edinburgh. Currently, she is conducting research on human-centric information systems and online consent management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

    Markus F. Peschl

    Advisory Board

    Markus F. Peschl (*1965) is professor of cognitive science and philosophy of science at the University of ViennaDept. of Philosophy. His areas of research and expertise include innovation, cognitive science, organizational theory and strategy, design, and spaces for knowledge- and innovation work (Enabling Spaces).

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    Niklas Kirchner

    Researcher

    Personal Data Ecosystems, Political Theory, Privacy and Philosophy

    Niklas Kirchner joins the Institute of Information Systems and New Media as a scientific project employee for the EXPEDiTE project, investigating the impact of the new GDPR regulatory framework on the emergence of “human-centered” personal data ecosystems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bayreuth and is currently enrolled in the Philosophy masters program at the University of Vienna (with support of a graduate stipend by the DAAD). He is focusing on interdisciplinary matters in practical philosophy, especially in Political Theory and Social Philosophy as well as Ethics and Philosophy of Economics. Previous professional affiliations include Media Consultancy, Medical Health as well as Human Rights.

    Rita Gsenger

    Researcher

    Rita Gsenger is a scientific employee at the Institute of Information Systems and New Media at Vienna University of Economics. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Vienna and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck. She is currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary European Master’s program Cognitive Science at the University of Vienna. Her main research interests are Philosophy of Technology, Ethics and Human Computer Interaction from an interdisciplinary perspective.

    Soheil Hosseini

    Researcher

    Soheil Hosseini is a graphic designer and painter interested in digital art. He works on the intersection of visual arts and human-centric design of information systems. In particular, his work is focused on the improvement of end-users’ experience and the understandability of UIs. He has been involved in the design and evaluation of various web applications and services. Soheil Hosseini advocates a pluralist perspective on web engineering, in which experts from different disciplines such as engineers, social scientists, and artists work closely together with end-users during the design and implementation processes of UIs.

  • Law and Governance

    Ben Wagner

    Co-Director and Management Board

    Accountable Systems, Human-Centric Computing & Technology Governance
    Dr. Ben Wagner is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), where his research focuses on technology policy, human rights and accountable information systems. He is an Associate Faculty member at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, a visiting researcher at the Human Centred Computing Group at the University of Oxford and a member of the Advisory Group of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). He previously worked at the Technical University of Berlin, Cambridge University, the University of Pennsylvania and European University Viadrina. He holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from European University Institute in Florence.

    Anna Sophia Tiedeke

    Researcher

    Anna Sophia Tiedeke, is a junior Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research │ Hans Bredow Institute in April 2019 in the research area “Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces“.

    She studied law at the University of Hamburg and the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne I in Paris with a focus on European and International Law. During her studies she worked at the chair of Prof. Markus Kotzur at the Institute for International Affairs of the University of Hamburg and at the media law boutique Damm & Mann. Since 2016 she has been a member of the editorial board of the „Völkerrechtsblog“ – International Law and International Legal Thought. After her first state examination, she worked as a research assistant in an international commercial law firm in the field of EU regulation and policy advice in Brussels. During her legal clerkship, which she completed between 2017 and 2019, she worked for the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, the law firm RAUE in the field of press law and the Senate Administration for Culture and Europe in Berlin. At the same time, she worked at the chair of Prof. Christian Calliess at the Freie Unversität Berlin as a research assistant.

    In her PhD thesis, Anna Sophia Tiedeke focuses on the development of a new concept of the understanding of the state under international law in the era of the Internet.

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    Eliška Pírková

    Management Board

    Online hate speech, surveillance and security, freedom of expression 

    Eliška Pírková is a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, faculty of law. Currently, she works for the Laws of Surveillance and Security (LOSS) Project that is funded by the Academy of Finland. Her doctoral thesis concerns the phenomenon of online hate speech and the protection of freedom expression in digital age. Her main area of research interest is the protection of human rights in online space, European constitutionalism and Internet governance. Eliška has experience with working for both, international organisations and NGO sector. She regularly lectures on various human right topics and has served as the main editor of human rights section in the Finnish Yearbook of International Law.

    Felicitas Rachinger

    Felicitas Rachinger

    Researcher

    Felicitas Rachinger studied law at the University of Vienna and University of Turku, Finland. She is currently a legal intern at a Namibian NGO and has previous working experience as a legal advisor in the field of anti-racism and online hate. During her studies, she focused on human rights and anti-discrimination law.

    Marie-Theres Sekwenz

    Researcher

    Law, Artificial Intelligence, Governance

    Marie-Theres Sekwenz is a researcher working on law, regulation and governance of artificial intelligence at the privacy and sustainable computing Lab. Before joining the Lab she studied law and economics at WU Vienna and the Graduate School of Management at St Petersburg. She has a range of professional experience from public affairs, to publishing and tax law and compliance as well as a strong artistic background, having worked at the Konzerthaus, a leading cultural institution in Vienna.

    Matthias C. Kettemann

    Management Board

    Internet Law, Online Rule-Making, Human Rights in Digitality, Internet Governance

    PD Mag. Dr. Matthias C. Kettemann, LL.M. (Harvard), joined as an associate researcher in 2019. In 2020 he was elected member of the Management Board. Matthias is co-leader of the Platform and Content Governance Research Group. Outside the lab, Matthias is Head of the Research Program Regulatory Structures and the Emergence of Rules in Online Spaces at the Leibniz Institute for Media Research | Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI), Hamburg and Visiting Professor of international law at the University of Jena. At the Lab, he runs a multidisciplinary research project with Ben Wagner conducting freedom of expression governance analytics on user comment datasets of newspapers and information exchange sites. He studied international and Internet law in Graz, Geneva and Harvard Law School and completed his postdoctoral work at the Cluster of Excellence “The Emergence of Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Matthias has provided expertise for the German Bundestag, several DAX companies, foundations and international organizations, on Internet regulation, cybersecurity and human rights.

  • Cognitive Science and Psychology
    Soheil Human

    Soheil Human

    Director and Management Board

    Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Science-Technology-Society (STS), Accountable Computing

    Soheil Human has  an interdisciplinary background in Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, History and Philosophy of Science and Science-Technology-Society (STS). Currently, he is a lecturer and research associate at the Department of Information Systems and Operations of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) and a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna. His current research focus is on human needs, personal data processing and accountable computing. Soheil applies a wide range of theories and methods from Philosophy, Cognitive & Information Economics, Conceptual & Computational Cognitive Modelling, Artificial Intelligence, and Semantic Web in his research. His other research interests involve human values, pluralism & epistemic disagreements, predictive processing, sociotechnical imaginaries and cognitive information economies.

     

    Bernadette Kamleitner

    Researcher

    Privacy and Data Ownership, Psychological Implications of Smart Technologies

    Univ.Prof. Dr.Dr. Bernadette Kamleitner joined WU as a professor for Marketing with a special focus on Consumer Behavior in 2012. She is head of the Institute for Marketing and Consumer Research and has a background in both business and psychology. Her research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of consumer behaviors, including the way consumers perceive and deal with personal data and an increasing digitization of everyday phenomena. In particular, she is an internationally recognized expert on perceptions of ownership on which she has published and spoken in numerous internationally renowned fora.

    Esther Görnemann

    Researcher

    Transparency & Psychological Data Ownership

    Esther Görnemann joined the team at the Institute for Management Information Systems in August 2016 as a project related research associate for the EU project “Privacy and Usability”.  In her research, she focusses on transparency and psychological data ownership and related fields such as the perception of risk and data governance. She has a Master in Business Management and a Master in International Marketing. Data markets, user’s data sharing behavior and risk awareness were main focuses during her studies. Prior to working at the Institute, Esther worked as Management Consultant for KPMG in Finance and IT Advisory and several years in Marketing, PR and Customer Relationship Management in the Solar Industry.

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    Hooman Habibnia

    Researcher

    Hooman Habibnia holds his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Tehran. He is currently studying the Middle European Interdisciplinary Master’s program in the field of Cognitive Science (Mei: CogSci) at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He joined the Sustainable Computing Lab as a research assistant in 2019. His interests vary from HCI, data-driven AI, human decision making, behavioral economics to predictive processing.

    Jana Korunovska

    Researcher

    Privacy Notices & User Issues

    Jana Korunovska is a research and teaching associate currently working on the impact of privacy notices on user’s privacy concerns and online behavior. As a psychologist, her research often focuses on user-related issues, most prominently privacy and ownership issues of personal data on the internet, especially in the social networking context. For this work, together with Prof. Dr. Sarah Spiekermann and Dr. Christine Bauer she won the CPDP 2013 Multidisciplinary Privacy Research Award. Her other research interests involve the impact of new media and technology on the affective, cognitive, and conative aspects of the end-users.

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    Kathrin Bednar

    Research Group Co-head

    Human Wellbeing, Ethics & IT

    Kathrin Bednar is a teaching and research associate at the Institute for Management Information Systems at WU Vienna. She has a background in Psychology, Philosophy and Cognitive Science and has been teaching classes on human-centered design and sustainable IT. Her general research interests focus on the impact of technology on our lives and psychological wellbeing, a challenging topic considering an environment dominated by new technologies and media. Currently, Kathrin is looking into ethical IT design & innovation and technology attitudes.

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    Krisztina Rozgonyi

    Researcher

    Media Governance, IP regulation and communications policy

    Dr. Rozgonyi is an Assistant Professor with the Media Governance and Media Industries Research Lab at the Department of Communication of the University of Vienna. Dr. Rozgonyi works with international and European organizations (such as ITU/UN, UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Commission, World Bank InfoDev, OSCE and BBC MA), with national governments, regulators, and companies as senior adviser on media freedom, spectrum policy and copyright legal frameworks re: digital audiovisual archives.

    She has worked for the governments of Serbia, Rwanda, Thailand, United Arab Emirates as well as for international organizations in the Ukraine, Macedonia, Israel, Poland, FYROM, Albania and Egypt. Between 2004-2010 she served as the Chairperson (Deputy Chairperson) of the Telecoms Authority in Hungary. Dr. Rozgonyi’s expertise lies in media and telecommunications policy-making and regulation with extensive experience in legal drafting, legal analysis and legal reform work. She holds a PhD in Communication Sciences (University of Vienna); a Doctor Juris in Law and State Sciences (Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Law, Budapest); an MA in Communication Sciences (Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Budapest); and an MBA (Central European University).

    Markus F. Peschl

    Advisory Board

    Markus F. Peschl (*1965) is professor of cognitive science and philosophy of science at the University of ViennaDept. of Philosophy. His areas of research and expertise include innovation, cognitive science, organizational theory and strategy, design, and spaces for knowledge- and innovation work (Enabling Spaces).

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    Rita Gsenger

    Researcher

    Rita Gsenger is a scientific employee at the Institute of Information Systems and New Media at Vienna University of Economics. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Vienna and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Leopold Franzens University Innsbruck. She is currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary European Master’s program Cognitive Science at the University of Vienna. Her main research interests are Philosophy of Technology, Ethics and Human Computer Interaction from an interdisciplinary perspective.

    Till Winkler

    Research Group Co-head

    Ethical System Design

    Till Winkler joined the team at Institute for Management Information Systems as a teaching and research associate in June 2016. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck. During his studies, he worked as an intern at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck and the Medical University Innsbruck. His last assignment was at Bartenbach an engineering office for lighting design, were he did research on the usability and psychological impact of daylight installations. His research focuses on the methods of ethical system design.