Hamburg Interdisciplinary Summer School “Governance Technologies: Privacy, Fairness & Transparency”

Organized by the University of Hamburg (Department of Informatics), Hamburg University of Technology (Institute for Software Systems), and the Leibniz Institute for Media Research/Hans-Bredow-Institut (HBI)

To be held at the guest house of the Universität Hamburg and the adjacent Leibniz Institute for Media Research/Hans-Bredow-Institute (Rothenbaumchaussee 34/36, D-20148 Hamburg), September 16-19, 2019

Hyper-connected services are core to digital innovation. Yet, critical cases of misuse of such connected technologies (e.g. Cambridge Analytica) raise question about the governance of such dynamic phenomena. The interaction of users with hyper-connected digital services poses particular challenges for privacy, transparency and fairness. The summer school thus focuses on different forms of governance in these socio-technical systems to protect those values.

Socio-technical governance is also the focus of an interdisciplinary research group at Hamburg that involves different academic disciplines such as computer science, philosophy, and law. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary analyses as well as in the advancement of instruments and forms for political, legal, or technical solutions to issues of governance and privacy.

This summer school invites young scholars PhD candidates or early-career Post-Doc researchers interested in this interdisciplinary area intersection of computer science, law, and philosophy. The summer school provides them with the opportunity to connect and engage with outstanding researchers and peers to acquire new insights and get feedback on their current research.

The key note speakers and faculty of the summer school includes: 

  • Professor Mireille Hildebrandt, Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium) & Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)
  • Professor Bart Jacobs, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)
  • Professor Niva Elkin-Koren, Haifa University (Israel) & associate faculty at the Berkman Klein Center, Harvard University (USA)
  • Professor Nikolas Guggenberger, Universität Münster (Germany) & Information Society Project (Yale University, USA)

The summer school is co-organized by the joint research group on Information Governance Technology by Universität Hamburg, Leibniz-Institut for Media Research/Hans-Bredow-Institut, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH). Principal investigators and co-organizers of the summer school: Prof Tilo Böhmann, Prof Hannes Federrath, Prof Ingrid Schirmer, Prof Wolfgang Schulz, Prof Sibylle Schupp, Prof Judith Simon.

Interested participants are requested to apply by submitting an abstract summarizing current research of max. one page (about 500 words). Applicants should send the abstract and a current CV to Mattis Jacobs, The abstracts should be submitted no later than July 1 (extended deadline).

The participation is free of charge. Participants need to cover travel expenses, accommodation, and some meals. We will provide information about accommodation and local information to accepted participants.

Organization Team of the Summer School:
Prof Judith Simon
Mattis Jacobs, M.A.