Whitepaper on desire and reality of Open Government Data co-published

In November 2019, ÖFIT published a whitepaper on Open Government Data in London, Hamburg, Berlin and Vienna I had co-authored with Lisa Bieker, Lina Bruns and Christian Welzel. The paper examines the different promises of Open Data – economic growth, political participation, and social innovation – and contrasts this with sobering statistics on the use …    read more »

Slam on Free Software for the public sector at Smart Country Convention

In October 2019, I participated in the NEGZ Slam on “digital souvereignty” at the Smart Country Convention in Berlin. The Smart Country Convention is among the leading congresses on digital government in Germany. I dedicated my few minutes pushing the advantages of Free Software for the public sector: Digital souverän ist der Staat, wenn er …    read more »

Guest-edited special issue on Internet governance published

The Call for Student Papers on “Internet Governance as an Arena of International Politics” for the student journal Key Issues, which I put together and disseminated with my colleagues Nicole Opiela and Jens Tiemann in April 2019, yielded submissions from all over the world. Given the wide range of topics, from repressive national Internet governance …    read more »

Guide for user-friendly digital public services published

In September 2019, we published a guide for user-friendly digital public services. The guide provides short and practice-oriented introductions to topics such as user-centric design, simple language, accessibility and technical aspects of mobile-readiness. For each topic, we lay out why government should bother, the core concepts of how to do it and the most important …    read more »

Impulse paper on machine-consumable legislation published

In September 2019, ÖFIT published an impulse paper by my colleagues Resa Mohabbat Kar, Simon Sebastian Hunt, Peter Parycek and me. The paper argues for the implementation of legal informatics with a focus on laws as machine-executable rules, digital data sources and a more interdisciplinary legislation process. Rather than going for a tempting lenghty theoretical …    read more »

Expert quotes on AI in government for Tagesspiegel Background

In September 2019, I gave a short interview to the German newspaper Tagesspiegel on Artificial Intelligence in government. A few of my quotes actually made it into the articles. 1. Article in the printed edition of Tagesspiegel (in German, no paywall): 2. Article in the specialist publication “Tagesspiegel Background Digitalisierung & KI” (in German, paywalled): …    read more »