The Dark Side of Digitalization: Fraud, Surveillance, Sousveillance, Disinformation, Privacy Loss and Cyber Extremism - 21.07.2016 Darmstadt, Germany

This workshop addresses various topics and implications related to the transformation of society through digitalization. Over the span of a short time, the world gained vast access to mobile devices, applications, different social networks and cloud services that require more and more connectivity. Computing systems and digitalization are becoming more pervasive and essential to every facet of our lives.

Despite the increasing comfort and efficiency provided through digitalization, this development has a dark side. Our computer systems increasingly store and process sensitive data. They have become attractive targets of various attacks in the promise land of Internet of Everything: They create new levels of monitoring for collecting user profiles, mass surveillance but also sousveillance through users themselves. With the rising number of users, social networks are becoming anti-social. They are used by terrorists and extremists as platforms for hate messages and incitement, by state actors for propaganda and disinformation, and by criminals for fraud. Our society is still in the middle of understanding the magnitude of digitalization and its effects, while the opportunities of new technologies and negative effects are still expanding at the same time.

In this workshop researchers, experts and practitioners will focus on the impact patterns of the above mentioned consequences through current examples as well as a critical assessment and evaluation of debated solutions.

Keynote Speakers

Jin Han - Twitter Inc.

Carl E. Landwehr - George Washington University & LeMoyne College

Susan Landau - Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jeff Voas - National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Negar Kiyavash - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Vesselin Popov - University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre


Organization: Verena Giraud, Stefan Katzenbeisser and Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi

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