Sarah Spiekermann, Ph.D.   –   Business Informatics Professor and Thinker

Since 2009 Sarah Spiekermann is chairing the Institute for Information Systems & Society at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Vienna). She is a well-regarded scientist, author, speaker and advisor on digital ethics. She published several books in the domain, including “Digital Ethics – A Value System for the 21st Century” (Droemer, 2019), “Ethical IT Innovation: A Value-based System Design Approach” (Taylor & Francis, 2015), as well as “Networks of Control” (Facultas, 20116). In 2016 Sarah has founded the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab at WU Vienna (renamed “Sustainability Computing Lab” in 2020). In the same year she also started to vice-chair IEEE P7000 Standards to build the first model process for ethical system design (expected to be released in 2021).

To date Sarah has published over 100 scientific articles on the social and ethical implications of computer systems and given more than 200 presentations and talks about her work around the world. She has co-authored US/EU privacy regulation and supported works as an expert and advisor to companies and governmental institutions, including the EU Commission and the OECD. Sarah also maintains a blog on “The Ethical Machine” at Austria’s leading daily newspaper and as well as the German Handelsblatt. Since 2020 she is a member of the Science and Ethics for Happiness and Well-being Project of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Before being tenured in Vienna in 2009, Sarah was Assistant Professor at the Institute of Information Systems at Humboldt University Berlin (Germany), where she headed the Berlin Research Centre on Internet Economics (2003-2009), was Adjunct Visiting Research Professor with the Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA) (2006-2009), founded and shut down the company Skillmap (visualizing social networks) (2008-2011) and worked as a management consultant and marketing manager with A. T. Kearney and Openwave Systems.

Sarah was born in 1973 and grew up near Duesseldorf in Germany. She lives in a small Austrian village on the shores of the lake of Neusiedl. In 2018 she was granted honorary citizenship of Austria.

  • Vita

I am a professor for Business Informatics and an international activist for Digital Ethics. My employer is Vienna University of Economics and Business where I chair the Institute for IS & Society since 2009 and founded the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab in 2016.

Before Vienna I did my Ph.D and 2nd book in Business Informatics at Humboldt University Berlin where I managed the Berlin Research Centre on Internet Economics. From 2008 to 2010 I was also Adjunct Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

I went into IT in the mid 1990s when I started working for Silicon Valley pioneer firms; later as a consultant for A.T. Kearney.

I am an honorary citizen of Austria, where I live in a small village in the Burgenland. I was born and grew up near Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1973.

Sarah Spiekermann, Ph.D.

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