“How to Procure Free Software”: Contribution to the “Public Money? Public Code!” campaign

In January 2019, the brochure “Public Money Public Code – Modernising Public Infrastructure with Free Software” was published by the Free Software Foundation Europe as part of their campaign “Public Money? Public Code!”. It contains a short article by me with a few very broad tips on how to procure Free Software as a public …    read more »

Workshop on Big Data from a knowledge political perspective at the WZB Mercator Forum 2018

In December 2018, I held a workshop on the topic “Whose knowledge counts? Legitimacy of Big Data-driven politics” at the WZB Mercator Forum 2018. The WZB Mercator Forum is a two-day science-policy transfer format at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), funded by Stiftung Mercator. The 2018 edition of the forum dealt with “Big Data 4 …    read more »

“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 »