Authors’ workshop for a handbook on digital government in Bremen

In June 2018, I joined a authors’ workshop for a new German-language handbook on digitalisation in government by Tanja Klenk, Frank Nullmeier, and Göttrik Wewer. We discussed roughly half of the 60 accepted chapter proposals in their draft versions, covering topics from social media for government communication to electronic identity cards in international comparison. My …    read more »

Hosting a panel discussion on “Algorithms as a new political arena”

To celebrate the publication of our edited volume “(Un)berechenbar? Algorithmen und Automatisierung in Staat und Gesellschaft” on algorithms and automatisation in government and society, the the Competence Center Public IT (ÖFIT) held a panel discussion on 11 June 2018 at Fraunhofer Forum in Berlin. The panel included digital activist Katharina Nocun, Fraunhofer FOKUS director Ina Schieferdecker, …    read more »

Edited volume “(Un)berechenbar? Algorithmen und Automatisierung in Staat und Gesellschaft” published

After almost six months of work, the edited volume “(Un)berechenbar? Algorithmen und Automatisierung in Staat und Gesellschaft” on algorithms and automatisation in society and government is printed and published. The book extends the ÖFIT2017 conference into the written realm, with contributions from conference speakers as well as new content from an open call for papers. 24 …    read more »

Facilitating the #ZKSV18 U30 Barcamp on the future of government

On 1 June 2018, I facilitated a half-day barcamp on the future of government together with two design thinking experts from Luftmenschen. About one hundred young people under (or around) 30 years from academia, public sector, consultancies, trade unions, and startups with an interest in public administration participated in the event, following an invitation from …    read more »

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 »