Dr. Julia Neidhardt
TU Wien, Austria
Title : Digital Humanism
Abstract : While digitalization opens unprecedented opportunities, it also raises serious concerns including the monopolization of the Web, the formation of filter bubbles and echo chambers as islands of disjoint truths, ethical questions related to artificial intelligence or the spread of digital surveillance. The talk deals with these questions and calls for a digital humanism that describes, analyzes and above all influences the complex interplay between technology and humanity for a better society.
Julia Neidhardt is a researcher at the E-Commerce Research Unit at TU Wien, Austria and at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her research focuses on modeling and predicting complex human behavior, user opinions, preferences and social relations as well as their dynamics in digital-enabled environments. In recent projects, she studied social influence mechanism in online communities, the diffusion of topics, opinions and sentiments, team performance and travel recommender systems. She is a co-author of the Vienna Manifesto on Digital Humanism and has co-organized several events on Digital Humanism.