Lorrain Daston (US)
Lorraine Daston is an American historian of science. Executive director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin, and visiting professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, she is considered an authority on Early Modern European scientific and intellectual history. In 1993, she was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Ulrike Felt (AT)
Ulrike Felt is Professor of Science and Technology Studies since 1999 and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna. From July 2002 to June 2007 she was editor of the international peer-reviewed Journal Science, Technology, & Human Values (Journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science) and engages in policy advise both nationally and at the European level.
Matthew Fuller (UK)
Matthew Fuller is the author of several books on culture and technology. Editor of ‘Software Studies, a lexicon’, (MIT) and co-editor of the journal Computational Culture, he is involved in a number of projects in art, media and software. He is Professor and Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Stephen Graham (UK)
Stephen Graham is Professor of Human Geography at Durham University. He has a background in urbanism, planning and the sociology of technology. His research addresses the complex intersections between urban places, mobilities, technology, war, militarization, surveillance and geopolitics.
Seda Gürses (NL)
Seda Gürses is a research fellow in the Media, Culture and Communications Department and at the Information Law Institute at New York University working on privacy, security and surveillance studies. She has been studying and reflecting on the assumptions and methods that inform prominent strands of privacy research within computer science and is a member of the arts collective Constant VZW and Alternatif Bilisim Dernegi, an association based in Turkey working on digital rights.
Stefano Harney (SG)
Professor of Strategic Management Education at Singapore Management University. He is the author of State Work: "Public Administration and Mass Intellectuality" (2002) and "The Ends of Management", and "The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study" with Fred Moten.
Graham Harwood (UK)
Graham Harwood is well known for his engagement with controversial projects, sensitively bringing conflicting views together through his work. His current research interests explore how art as a method of enquiry can be utilized to reveal logics as a fluid strategy of power. Graham is the convenor of the MA Interactive Media at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, and a co-editor of Computational Culture.
Mireille Hildebrandt (BE)
Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen. She is Associate Professor of Jurisprudence at the Erasmus School of Law and Centre for Law Science Technology and Society (LSTS) at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Her research interests concern the relationship between the emerging socio-technical infrastructure and the autonomy of the human subject.
Reinhard Kreissl (AT)
Reinhard Kreissl holds a PhD in sociology and is the director of VICESSE. His main areas of research relevant for this topic are security studies, policing, sociology of law, and criminology. He has coordinated major European and national research projects and acted as consultant to the EC and national government. His most recent publication is “Surveillance in Europe” together with David Wright.
Steven Kurtz (US)
Steven Kurtz is a founding member of Critical Art Ensemble, a collective investigating technology and culture, science and politics since the early nineties.
Astrid Mager (AT)
Astrid Mager is a scholar in Science and Technology Studies with a particular interest in Internet technologies and socio-political developments. Her research is concerned with the Internet and society, search engine policies, algorithms and aspects of privacy, critical theory, as well as digital methods against the background of science and technology studies and technology assessment.
Katja Mayer (AT)
Dr. Katja Mayer is a sociologist and works at the interface between science and technology. She teaches science research and science communication at the University of Vienna, the University of Arts Linz and the University of Lucerne. She was employed at Public Netbase Vienna and has been a research associate of Helga Nowotny, the President of the European Research Council.
Frank Pasquale (US)
His research agenda focuses on challenges posed to information law by rapidly changing technology. Frank is an Affiliate Fellow of Yale Law School’s Information Society Project and is on the Advisory Boards of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Data Competition Institute, Patient Privacy Rights, and the Journal of Legal Education. He has blogged at Concurring Opinions since 2006.
Barbara Prainsack (UK/AT)
Barbara Prainsack is Professor at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London. A political scientist by background, her research addresses the regulatory, social, and ethical dimensions of bioscience, biomedicine, and forensics, with a special focus on DNA testing and database governance.
Peter Purgathofer (AT)
Peter Purgathofer is associate professor at the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology, Vienna University of Technology. His work focusses on the intersection of design and technology, most prominently interaction design, user experience and game design, as well as the areas of tension between society and technology.
Bernhard Rieder (AT/NL)
Bernhard Rieder holds a Ph.D. in information science and is Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and a collaborator with the Digital Methods Initiative. His research focuses on the history, theory, and politics of software and in particular on the role algorithms play in social processes and in the production of knowledge and culture.
Saskia Sassen (US)
Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology and Co-Chairs the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. Selected books are Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages, A Sociology of, Cities in a World Economy and The Global City. Her books are translated into twenty-one languages.
Trebor Scholtz (US)
Trebor Scholz is an artist, writer, conference organizer and chair of the conference series The Politics of Digital Culture at The New School in NYC where he is an Assistant Professor of Media Study. Editor of "Introduction to Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory"
Bruce Sterling (US)
Bruce Sterling is an author, science fiction writer, critic, journalist and internationally recognized cyber theorist born in Texas. Sterling’s writings have been very influential in the cyberpunk movement
Francisco Webber (AT)
Inventor and co-founder of Cortical.io, a company that develops Natural Language solutions with semantic fingerprints. Cofounder of Vienna’s Institute for New Culture Technologies and Public Netbase, he also initiated the foundation of the Information Retrieval Facility, a not-for-profit research institute, with the goal to reduce the gap between science and industry.