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A Workshop on Freedom and Responsibility in the IT-Sciences


On October 27, 2017, Prof. Volker Markl [1] offered a presentation on the Benefits and Potential Risks in Data Analytics Research at the Freedom and Responsibility in IT Sciences Workshop held in Darmstadt, Germany. The focus centered on the challenges prevalent in the dual-use of new information technologies. In particular, where there are many obvious benefits, but also potential opportunities for misuse (e.g., new ways of influencing consumer behavior or selective opinion-forming), which are not always immediately apparent.

The workshop sought to discuss diverse questions, such as:

  1. Who bears responsibility in the case of an unintentionally defective application or even deliberate misuse of new research results and methods?
  2. Should researchers hold themselves accountable?
  3. Should the risk of abuse be taken into account when choosing research topics?
  4. Should funding agencies ignore the responsibility associated with the misuse of research findings?

and approached these questions from varying perspectives.

The event was sponsored by the Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Relevant Research, a committee established by Leopoldina (the German National Academy of Sciences) and DFG (the German Research Foundation). Workshop attendees included IT Researchers, members of German academic institutions, non-university research institutions, as well as representatives from business, political organizations, and society.

For more details, click on the hyperlinks below, please note that all of the content is only available in German:


Freedom and Responsibility in the IT Sciences Workshop

Volker Markl's Presentation (incl. Transskription)

Audiostream of the Presentation 


Chair of the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) Group at TU Berlin, Director of the Berlin Big Data Center (BBDC), and Director of the Intelligent Analytics for Massive Data (IAM) Group at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

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