Sarah Spiekermann

Institute for Management Information Systems, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Sarah Spiekermann chairs the Institute for Management Information Systems at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna). She has published more than eighty articles on the social and ethical implications of computer systems and given more than a hundred presentations and talks about her work throughout the world.

Her main expertise is electronic privacy, disclosure behavior and ethical computing. Sarah has co-authored US/EU privacy regulation for RFID technology and has regularly worked as an expert and advisor to companies and governmental institutions, including the EU Commission and the OECD. She was on the advisory board of the Foundation of Data Protection of the German Parliament.

She maintains a blog on “The Ethical Machine” at Austria’s leading daily newspaper and is on the board of the Austrian art and science think-tank GlobArt. Before being tenured in Vienna in 2009, Sarah was Assistant Professor at the Institute of Information Systems at Humboldt University Berlin (Germany), where she headed the Berlin Research Centre on Internet Economics (2003-2009), was Adjunct Visiting Research Professor with the Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA) (2006-2009), founded and shut down the company Skillmap (visualizing social networks) (2008-2011).