I am an Informatician who is researching at the Weizenbaum Institute Berlin on the impact of ubiquitous information technology systems on society. The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, I am group lead of the research group »Responsibility and the Internet of Things«. Since 2011, I am the spokesman for the specialist group »Informatics and Ethics« of the German Society for Computer Science (Gesellschaft für Informatik), but this means only that I will be contacted from time to time if the expert group’s expertise is in demand. In the spring of 2017 I defended my thesis at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. I live, research, and teach in Berlin.
about my thesis
The long term project »Enlightenment« is in full swing: the freedom to dissent, equality under public law, and solidarity with all the people from all over the world — these self-imposed development goals are widely accepted by all human beings. Since everything is exquisitely debated in a parliamentary democracy, this chatty form of government, citizens will of course exquisitely debate on how to achieve these goals. The negotiation process is conducted in and by public media, from Kant’s world of readers (»Leserwelt«) on to the hypermedia of the world wide web, the homo politicus uses cultural techniques like writing, image and number for his public display of reasoning.
Informatics (and also computer science for that matter) is the study of designing information and communications technology and assessing it in all social respects. Technicians yield the power to enable or suppress public deliberation; in the so called Turing Galaxy, Informaticians have the responsibility to ensure the possibilities of the existence of an informed public.
Your humble author of these lines tries to address this responsability in public.