Teaching a seminar on digital campaigning in local elections

In the winter semester 2017/2018, I tought a block seminar on “Digital Campaigning and Big Data in Local Elections” at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, together with Franz Knoppe. The research seminar sought to explore new digital tools in political campaigns and their applicability to the German municipal context. The participants were predominantly bachelor students of information …    read more »

Hosting a session on algorithms and automatisation in government at ÖFIT 2017

On 23 November 2017, I hosted a discussion round about algorithms and automatisation in government at the annual conference of the Kompetenzzentrum Öffentliche IT (ÖFIT). ÖFIT is a project at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems that acts as a think tank on the uses of information technology in government and society, financed by the …    read more »

Work-in-progress presentation on e-government reforms in Berlin

On 24 May 2017, I gave a presentation at the FoJuS Annual Conference 2017 at the University of Potsdam presenting the current progress of a book chapter on e-government reforms in the state of Berlin. At that point, the project was rich in data but still undertheorized, so the critical questions and constructive comments from the audience provided …    read more »

Case study on Smart City Berlin for adelphi consult

In Summer 2017, the Berlin-based sustainability consultancy adelphi consult contracted me to produce a case study on Smart City Berlin, i.e. Berlin government’s concepts and efforts to turn Berlin into a smart city. The case study is part of a larger report on smart cities in Germany for Deutsche Telekom AG which adelphi co-produces with Deutsches Institut für Urbanistik. The …    read more »

Workshop on Data-Driven Government at EPPC 2017 in Prague

In April 2017, I held a workshop on “Visions of Data-Driven Government” at the European Public Policy Conference (EPPC) in Prague. The EPPC is organized by students of the Hertie School of Governance and held in a different European city every year. This year’s conference topic was “Democracy in a Digital Age” and thus matched …    read more »