Bruce Sterling (born 1954 in Brownsville, Texas) is an American science fiction author, journalist, editor and critic, best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which defined the cyberpunk genre. He is also the author of non-fiction works like The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier (1992), and Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the next fifty years (2002) – a popular science approach on futurology, reflecting technology, politics and culture of the next 50 years. In 2003 he was appointed Professor at the European Graduate School where he is teaching Summer Intensive Courses on media and design. In 2005, he became "visionary in residence" at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Sterling has written for many magazines, including Newsweek, Fortune, Harper’s, Details, Whole Earth Review, and Wired, where he has been a contributing writer since its conception. Bruce Sterling also initiated various projects like The Dead Media Project, The Viridian Design Movement and Embrace the Decay. Currently he lives in Turin, Italy.
Kate O’Riordan is Reader in Digital Media at the University of Sussex. Her research examines intersections of digital culture and science and technology, often deploying sexuality and gender as key analytical categories. She is interested in formulating critical language and interventions around biodigital life and the politics of knowledge production around emerging technologies. Books include Queer Online, Human Cloning and the Media, and The Genome Incorporated. She co-directs the Centre for Material Digital Culture at Sussex, and teaches modules on science and the media, and digital culture in the Department of Media Film and Music and at UC Santa Cruz.
Kate has worked on biotechnology, gaming, web cameras, medical imaging, art and digital design. She has also published on gender, sexuality and technology and the ethics of internet research. Current and recent projects include a book on Unreal objects and the technology assessment project EPINET.
She sometimes blogs at https://biodigitallives.wordpress.com/.
Philip R. Zimmermann ist der Erfinder von Pretty Good Privacy, einem Softwarepaket zur E-Mail-Verschlüsselung. Ursprünglich wurde es als Hilfsmittel für die Bewahrung der Menschenrechte entwickelt, die Erstpublikation der Gratis-Version wurde im Jahr 1991 ins Internet gestellt. Dies hat Zimmermann zum Ziel einer dreijährigen Polizeiuntersuchung gemacht, weil ihm die US-Regierung die Verletzung von Exportbeschränkungen für Kryptografie-Software zur Last legte, als sich PGP weltweit zu verbreiten begann. Trotz fehlender finanzieller Mittel, totaler Abwesenheit von bezahlten Mitarbeitern, mangelnder allgemeiner Unterstützung und gegen den Willen der amerikanische Regierung entwickelte sich PGP zum weltweit am weitesten verbreiteten Programm für E-Mail-Verschlüsselung. Nachdem die Regierung die Anklage Anfang 1996 fallen gelassen hatte, gründete Zimmermann die PGP Inc. Diese Firma wurde im Dezember 1997 von Network Associates Inc (NAI) übernommen, wo Phil für drei Jahre als leitender Wissenschaftler (senior fellow) verantwortlich zeichnete. Im August 2002 wurde PGP von NAI an die Firma PGP Corporation verkauft, bei der Zimmermann als Sonderberater (special adviser) und Fachmann (consultant) arbeitete. Aktuell berät Phil Zimmermann eine Anzahl Firmen und Organisationen in Verschlüsselungsbelangen, außerdem gehört er dem Forschungsstab (fellow) des Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society an. Er war ein führender Designer des Verschlüsselung-Protokolls für den Wireless USB Standard. Sein jüngstes Projekt ist Zfone, das sichere Telefonie für das Internet bereitstellt.
Distinguished Member, Technical Staff - Open Source, PayPal
Danese has a long history of successfully combining work in social justice and digital inclusion with leading open source advocacy at some of the largest global technology companies.
She joined PayPal as a Distinguished Member, Technical Staff - Open Source as of February 2014. She also runs DaneseWorks, an open source consultancy whose clients have included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Numenta, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia, AutoDesk and if(we) Inc. Prior to founding DaneseWorks she was CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation (home of Wikipedia). Since 1999, she has been involved in developing and evangelizing the Open Source movement and its attached methodologies, including release of some very key open source projects while at Sun Microsystems, such as Apache Tomcat, OpenOffice.org, JXTA.org, NetBeans.org, GridEngine.org, GlassFish, OpenSolaris. At Intel she worked on projects designed to bridge the Digital Divide and fed a growing interest/participation in the Social Software movement. Prior to the dawn of Open Source she enjoyed a long career at proprietary companies including Apple, Microsoft and Symantec. She is also co-editor of the book "Open Sources v2.0" and a reviewing editor of "The Art of Community", both from O'Reilly Media.
Geboren 1945 in Montevideo (Uruguay). Dr. phil. in Philosophie an der Universität Düsseldorf (1978). Habilitation für Praktische Philosophie an der Universität Stuttgart (1989). Professor em. für Informationswissenschaft und Informationsethik an der Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart (1986-2009). Privatdozent für Praktische Philosophie an der Universität Stuttgart (1989-2004). Gründer und Chair des International Center for Information Ethics (ICIE) (seit 1999). Herausgeber der International Review of Information Ethics (IRIE) (seit 2004). Distinguished Researcher des African Centre of Excellence for Information Ethics, Department of Information Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa (seit 2012). Senior Fellow der Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan (seit 2014). Ehem. Mitglied des European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) der Europäischen Kommission (2000-2010). Mitbegründer der Capurro-Fiek-Stiftung für Informationsethik.
Rafael Capurro, Michael Eldred, Daniel Nagel (eds.) Digital Whoness. Identity, Privacy and Freedom in the Cyberworld. Frankfurt 2013.
Rafael Capurro - John Holgate (eds.). Messages and Messengers. Angeletics as an Approach to the Phenomenology of Communication. Munich 2011.
Joanna J. Bryson
Dr Joanna J. Bryson is a Reader at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath. She is an Associate Editor for Adaptive Behavior and on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Synthetic Emotions (IJSE); Connection Science and AI & Society.
Joanna’s principle academic passion is understanding human behavior, human culture, and natural intelligence more broadly. Her main methodology for doing this is designing intelligent systems to model and test scientific theories. With her colleagues in Artificial Models of Natural Intelligence, she publishes in cognitive science, anthropology, animal behaviour, cognitive robotics, computer game character AI, philosophy and ethics.
Joanna earned her B.A. in Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago in 1986, her M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh in 1992, her M.Phil. in Psychology at the University of Edinburgh in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence at MIT in 2001. Following a research position at Harvard, she came to Bath in 2002. She has also held research fellowship positions at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition, Oxford Department of Anthropology, and (presently) at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Science Research.
Felix Stalder ist Professor für Digitale Kultur und Theorien der Vernetzung in Zürich, Vorstandsmitglied des World Information Institute in Wien und langjähriger Moderator der internationalen Mailingliste <nettime>. Er beschäftigt sich mit dem Wechselverhältnis von Gesellschaft, Kultur und Technologien, und forscht u.a. zu Netzkultur, Urheberrecht, Commons, Privatsphäre, Kontrollgesellschaft und Subjektivität.
Zuletzt erschienene Bücher: "Deep Search: The Politics of Search Beyond Google" (2009), "Vergessene Zukunft: Radikale Netzkulturen in Europa" (2012), "Cultures and Ethics of Sharing" (2012), "Digital Solidarity" (2013), "Der Autor am Ende der Gutenberg Galaxis" (2014) und "Kultur der Digitalität" (Suhrkamp, 2015).
Mirjam Kühne is the Community Builder for RIPE Labs at the RIPE NCC. RIPE Labs is a platform designed by the RIPE NCC for network operators, developers and industry experts to expose, test and discuss innovative Internet-related tools, ideas and analyses that can benefit the RIPE community and RIPE NCC members.
Mirjam re-joined the RIPE NCC in 2009 to set up and maintain RIPE Labs using her extensive professional network. Her work entails collaborating with technical, security and academic representatives and others within the Internet community.
Earlier, Mirjam worked for nine years at the RIPE NCC as part of the senior management and participated in the organisation’s strategic and financial planning. She was responsible for external relations and represented the organisation on an international level. Before that, Mirjam was responsible for developing and managing membership as well as public services for the organisation.
Mirjam has also worked at the Internet Society (ISOC) as Senior Program Manager. She was involved in issues related to technology and public policy, bridging the gap between the technical community and a non-technical audience including government representatives. Mirjam also developed and organised technical workshops primarily in developing countries. One of her tasks was to establish and maintain relationships with partner organisations (ICANN, the RIRs, the IETF, NSRC and others) and regional and local operator communities.
Mirjam obtained a Masters of Computer Science at the Technical University Berlin, Germany.
Louis Pouzin was born in 1931 in France. He invented the datagram (connectionless communication) and he is known as one of internet’s fathers. He graduated from École Polytechnique in Paris.
Louis Pouzin has acquired an international reputation as an expert in computer communications and network techniques. Most of his career has been devoted to the design and implementation of computer systems, such as CTSS, the first large time sharing system at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), or the French CYCLADES computer network and its datagram based packet switching network. His work was used by Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, and others in the development of TCP/IP protocols in the internet.
Besides his capacity in leading teams of top professionals, he is known internationally for his participation in early network standardisation activities within IFIP, ISO and CCITT (now ITU-T), and his numerous publications, many of them have become educational material in network courses. As a lecturer, he is especially appreciated for presenting complex subjects in clear and understandable terms.
He has published more than 80 articles and a book on computer networks and received various awards. Among them: IFIP Silver Core, ACM SIGCOMM, IEEE Internet, ISOC Hall of Fame, and Chevalier of Légion d’Honneur. Louis was one of five Internet and Web pioneers awarded with the 1st Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize). On 25th June, 2013, he received his award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
In 2012, he founded with Chantal Lebrument an alternative root company called Open-Root, offering a new business model for the management of top level domain names (TLD), independently from ICANN. TLDs are sold, not rented, and cannot be seized by the US FBI.
Still an activist in the field of internet governance, Louis is a regular in the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS), on the side of an internet for people instead of transnational monopolies.
Brigitte Krenn is head of the Language and Interaction Technologies Group at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI). She holds a PhD in Computational Linguistics and has been working in Language Technology and Artificial Intelligence for more than 25 years, both in basic and applied research. During that time she has gained experience in various areas of Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence including companion systems such as embodied conversational agents, cognitive agents and multimodal interactive systems; semantic systems including semantic profiling and semantic search; and systems for Ambient Assisted Living in particular technologies to support active, self-determined and socially integrated ageing. In all her work, she is strongly concerned with societal and ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence.
Julian Oliver is a New Zealander, Critical Engineer and artist based in Berlin. His work and lectures have been presented at many museums, galleries, international electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale, the Chaos Computer Congress, Ars Electronica, FILE and the Japan Media Arts Festival. Julian has received several awards, most notably the distinguished Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica 2011 for the project Newstweek (with Daniil Vasiliev).
Julian has also given numerous workshops and master classes in software art, data forensics, creative hacking, computer networking, counter-surveillance, object-oriented programming for artists, augmented reality, virtual architecture, video-game development, information visualisation and UNIX/Linux worldwide. He is an advocate of Free and Open Source Software and is a supporter of, and contributor to, initiatives that promote and reinforce rights in the networked domain.
With a background in sociology, psychology and civic design, Dr Jessica Barker specialises in the human side of cyber security. As an independent consultant, Jessica is engaged by FTSE100 companies and central government across the defence, health, financial and retail sectors to advise organisations how they can keep their information safe while getting the most out of it. Her particular specialisms cover governance, strategy and policy, risk and resilience, and learning and development.
In her free time, Jessica is passionate about encouraging young people, particularly young women and girls, to become more engaged with cyber security. She is keen to make cyber security a more engaging and accessible subject to all, and as such makes regular media appearances to discuss current cyber security issues, most recently on Sky News, The One Show, BBC Breakfast, Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley and Radio 4's Today programme, and has been published in The Sunday Times.
Peter Purgathofer is associate professor at the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology at Vienna University of Technology. His research is focussed around questions of design and technology, with game design and positive impact games as one of the major focus areas. He is coordinator for the media informatics bachelor and master curriculum. He teaches core bachelor courses in informatics and society and in HCI, as well as a number of master level courses on explorative design, gameful design and related areas.
Lars Persen is pedagogical leader at Scandec Systemer, a deliverer of technology to Norwegian educational institutions. He delivers seminars for school leaders and school owners about leading in technology-rich learning environments and provides tailored professional development with a technological and pedagogical approach to institutions from kindergartens to universities, focusing on innovation and collaboration.
Lars served four years as an officer in the Norwegian armed forces, before he worked as teacher and school leader for 16 years. He has worked in Norwegian state schools and in an international IB-school in Germany. He has a 4 year teacher education and later studied school management.
He has participated in European projects focusing on Education for sustainable development and school leadership and also served on the NMC Horizon Technology Outlook for Scandinavia 2015 advisory board. Lars was recently appointed fellow to the non-for-profit organization Education Fast Forward, a global debating chamber for education progress and strategy.
Lothar Wolf graduated in Meteorology from the University of Applied Science, Cologne, Germany, and received the M.Sc. degree in computing for commerce and industry from the Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K. He is Competence Area Manager for Data Services with EUMETSAT and responsible for the definition of long term technological strategies, the delta-developments and engineering of all operational multi-mission functions of the EUMETSAT ground segment related to Archive, Data Access and NRT Dissemination, including the supported User Services functions. He represents EUMETSAT in the relevant international bodies and acts as technical contact point for partner organizations in the related fields.
Christian Panigl has been involved in the development and operation of the Austrian research network ACOnet since 1986, starting at the University of Technology in Vienna, in the context of RARE and COSINE. In 1992, the whole ACOnet team and their responsibilities moved to the University of Vienna, joining forces with other international networking activities. Christian has been in charge of the Vienna Internet eXchange (www.vix.at) since its creation in 1996. He has been formally leading the ACOnet & Vienna Internet eXchange division at the University of Vienna since 2008. Since 2014 he is board member of ISPA (Internet Service Providers Austria), an organisation which aims to create ideal economic and judicial requirements for the development of the Internet.
Dr. Dietrich Liko hat als Mitarbeiter des CERN 20 Jahre in Genf verbracht. Seine Tätigkeiten reichten von der Physikanalyse im Bereich schwerer Quarks und W-Boson zu technischen Beiträgen zur Datenerfassung. Im Rahmen der Vorbereitung des LHC hat er das Distributed-Analysis-Projekt des ATLAS-Experiments geleitet, das die Programme zur Datenanalyse auf dem weltweiten Grid entwickelt hat. Seit 2009 ist er nach Österreich zurückgekehrt und leitet nun die Abteilung Physikalisches Rechnen am Institut für Hochenergiephysik.
Das Institut für Hochenergiephysik der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften ist an der Datenanalyse internationaler Großexperimente mittels eines weltweiten Computernetzwerkes, dem Grid, beteiligt. Die Pionierarbeit für diese Art der Datenanalyse wurde im Rahmen der Experimente am CERN geleistet. Bei neuen Experimenten, wie dem Belle-II-Experiment am KeK-Beschleuniger in Japan, ist diese Analysetechnik nun schon der Standard. In der Präsentation wird ein Überblick über die Entwicklung gegeben: Ausgangspunkt ist die erste TCP/IP-Datenleitung von Österreich zum CERN. Seit damals hat die rasante technische Entwicklung die Analysetechnik immer wieder revolutioniert und bildet heute die Grundlage spektakulärer Entdeckungen, wie zum Beispiel des Higgs-Bosons.
Marianne Backes is Director of the Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE) in Luxembourg. After studying political science and international relations in Brussels, she turned her attention to issues of education and in-service training. Realising early the tremendous potential offered by information and communication technologies for the field of humanities and social sciences, she initiated and directed a project which was to result in the development of the European NAvigator digital library (ENA). She is a Senior Adviser to the Luxembourg Government and has been Director of the CVCE since it was established in 2002. She leads a team of researchers and experts building the digital research infrastructure on European integration (CVCE.eu), including enriched data, enhanced publications, and tools and services for data management, analysis, visualisation and representation. She is also the Luxembourg national coordinator for the DARIAH-ERIC consortium, promoting the digital research infrastructure for arts and humanities at European level.
Hannes Kulovits is currently Head of the Digital Archive at the Austrian State Archives which he joined in October 2010. He is responsible for operations, further development, compliance and certification of the digital long-term repository. The long-term preservation of electronic government records is one of his main concerns, which also leads him to an active involvement in preservation research. His research focus lies on automation of preservation planning activities and policies. He has been involved in a number of projects co-funded by the European Commission including DELOS, DPE, PLANETS, and TIMBUS.
Unit Manager Advanced Computing Technologies, RISC Software GmbH
Michael Krieger is working for RISC Software GmbH since 2006. As unit manager of the business unit Advanced Computing Technologies from RISC Software GmbH he is managing the Austrian Grid Development Center since 2008. His R&D activities focus on large-scale distributed computing infrastructures ranging from hardware to operations and shared use of such infrastructures. Together with his team Michael Krieger is responsible for operating a Research and Development Cloud Computing Environment in the JKU Softwarepark Hagenberg, which is used for educational as well as R&D purposes by Austrian researchers and SMEs. Furthermore, he is a board member of the Hagenberg Cloud Computing Association, serves as board member of the European Globus Community Forum and also is Austrian advisor to the council of the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe.
Christian Briese received his diploma (2000) and Ph.D. (2004) both with honours at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria with a focus on geometric modelling based on laser scanning. In 2011 he successfully completed a university course at the Vienna University of Technology on the topic of Executive Management for Engineers. He was working in many projects funded by the Austrian Science Fund and is winner of the Ressel Prize of Vienna University of Technology (2005). Furthermore, in collaboration with several of Austrian’s federal countries and international organisations he is experienced in handling large pilot projects. After his Ph.D. he extended his research to a lot of different areas within the field of geomatics (e.g. radiometric information from LIDAR, hyperspectral imaging, unmanned aerial vehicles, direct georeferencing, etc.).
Since 2001 Christian Briese is researcher at the Vienna University of Technology. In 2003 he was a visiting scientist at the TU Delft, The Netherlands. From 2004 to 2010 he collaborated in the Christian Doppler Laboratory "Spatial Data from Laser Scanning and Remote Sensing". From 2010 to 2014 he was additionally employed by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection & Virtual Archaeology, Austria. Since 2014 he is managing director of the newly founded EODC - Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resources Monitoring GmbH, Austria.