Digitality

Digitality and Democracy

Great hopes were placed just a few decades ago in the empowering impact of digital technology. It was expected to enable unprecedented citizen participation and strengthen monitory democracy, to use John Keane’s apt term for the continuous public control of power, by improving interconnectivity and equalizing access to information for users. Some even prophesied the …
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Max Schrems:
Kämpf um deine Daten

Max Schrems machte 2014 weltweit Schlagzeilen, als er mit einer Sammelklage gegen Facebook die kommerzielle Nutzung und Weitergabe individueller User-Daten beim Europäischen Gerichtshof anfocht. Der österreichische Jurist bekam Recht und kippte damit das Safe-Harbor-Abkommen zwischen der EU und den USA – ein wichtiger Sieg im Kampf für Datenschutz im digitalen Zeitalter. In einem Gespräch mit IWM-Rektorin Shalini …
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Lord Robert Skidelsky:
The Future of Work

In contemporary discussions about the future of artificial intelligence we often lose our heads. While economists offer bleak predictions of mass job losses and a deepening of already widespread precarity, Silicon Valley utopians insist that new technologies are bringing us ever closer together and will one day deliver us from work, disease and poverty. But …
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Lord Robert Skidelsky:
Will the Human Race Become Redundant?

 What History and Economics can Tell us About the Impact of Automation on Work Ever since the advent of machinery, work has been associated with wage labour. Machinery brought promise of both higher wages and  redundancy. What do economics and history tell us about the fate of these promises? With the spread of automation …
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Debating Europe:
How Much Transparency Does Democracy Need?

Democracy is in crisis. Citizens are deeply disillusioned with political and business elites. Many believe that more transparency would restore trust in democratic institutions and corporations as only informed citizens are able to hold politicians and CEOs accountable. However, due to the endemic spread of surveillance and social media it is the citizen who has …
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Vienna Humanities Festival 2017:
The Revolution Will Be Digitized

Technology is reshaping the world around us, presenting new challenges and promising innovations. Jigsaw, the “think-do-tank” of Google, sits squarely at the intersection of technology and global security challenges—tackling issues like radicalization, online harassment, censorship, and cybercrime. Jigsaw’s Managing Director Scott Carpenter joins IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev to explain how his team is using …
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Europa im Diskurs:
Bedroht die Digitalisierung die Demokratie?

Ob über Smartphones, im Auto oder am Arbeitsplatz: Mensch und Maschine sind in einer sehr engen Beziehung – und oft wird die Maschine von künstlicher Intelligenz gesteuert. Unser Leben kann dadurch vereinfacht und verbessert werden. Künstliche Intelligenz kann aber auch Meinungen beeinflussen, Wahlen manipulieren, politische Entscheidungen lenken. Cybersecurity wird ein immer größeres Thema. Wie wirkt …
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Vienna Humanities Festival 2019:
Social Networks or Social Nightmares?

A decade ago social networks, big data and artificial intelligence were welcomed for their promise of progress and democratization of access. Today, the focus has shifted to their dark side as a threat to our privacy, a danger to democracy and as a new form of surveillance. Three of the world’s leading activists of the …
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Debating Europe:
The Dangers of Digital Democracy

All over the world, elections are manipulated by fake news, public opinion is radicalized via social media and electronic voting processes are subject to hacker attacks. The Internet was once seen as an opportunity for more democracy, but today concerns about the future of free elections prevail. Eric Frey, editor of Der Standard, will speak …
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