“Build your Utopia!” – Workshop on visions of eco-digital societies

In November 2018, my brother Philipp P. Thapa and I facilitated a workshop on utopias that tackle both environmental and digital questions. The occasion for this collaboration was the conference Bits & Bäume in Berlin that brought together people from the environmental movements as well as from the tech scene.  Our workshop was based on utopian thinking …    read more »

Chapter on the challenges of e-government integration in Berlin published

E-government integration, i.e. the joining-up of different IT systems through interfaces, common databases, and harmonized data formats, is the key element for seamless digital processes in government. This new chapter explores and analyses the challenges of e-government integration in the state of Berlin, where each of the 12 Bezirke runs its own IT systems. In …    read more »

Interview on digitalisation, AI, and Big Data in Erfurt

In summer 2018, I taped a long interview on digitalisation, artificial intelligence and Big Data for the online format Erfurter Stubenexpress. Erfurter Stubenexpress is produced by the local political party “Mehrwertstadt Erfurt”, in which some friends of mine are involved. When they had heard about my edited volume “(Un)berechenbar? Algorithmen und Automatisierung in Staat und …    read more »

Workshop on futures of work with Artificial Intelligence in the Berlin Olympic stadium

This year’s annual conference of the focus group “Deutschland intelligent vernetzt” (“Germany smartly connected”) of the national digitalisation summit of government and business actors, the Digitalgipfel, was organized as a barcamp and supposed to discuss the future of work in a digital society. The conference took place in late September in Berlin. Take a look …    read more »

Analysing Estonia’s X-Road information infrastructure in Kiel

On 13 September 2018, I joined the academic conference “Wissenschaftliche  Konferenz Staatsmodernisierung und Verwaltungstransformation” on e-government at the state parliament in Kiel.  The conference was held by three German research institutions working on digital government: The German Research Institute for Public Administration (FÖV) in Speyer, the National E-Government Competence Center (NEGZ), and the Competence Center for …    read more »

Scenario study on AI in the public sector published

“Exekutive KI 2030 – Vier Zukunftsszenarien für Künstliche Intelligenz in der öffentlichen Verwaltung” is the title of a new publication I co-wrote at ÖFIT. The publication presents four scenarios of German public administration in 2030 with extensive use of AI. We’ve also used the scenarios to structure a debate with members of the Bundestag on …    read more »