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Volker Wulf <[log in to unmask]>
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Volker Wulf <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 6 Jun 2020 14:05:42 +0200
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Dear colleagues,

ECSCW 2020 will be held virtually from 13. to 16. June 2020:

I would like to invite you to join the Panel on "*Surveillance 
Capitalism: **Data Driven Business Models, their Societal Impact, and 
the Role of Academic Communities":

Abstract: A large portion of the software side of the IT infrastructure, 
including web search, email, and social media, is in many cases provided 
free to the end users. The business model that enables this involves 
customized advertising and sometimes behavior manipulation, powered by 
intensive gathering and cross-correlation of detailed personal 
information. The companies built on this model have global reach, but 
are primarily headquartered in the US and China. They provide some great 
products and services at no upfront cost to the end users. But the model 
has a dark side as well, with negative impacts for privacy, autonomy, 
human dignity, and democracy. The purpose of this panel is to provide a 
forum for CSCW researchers to discuss this business model, and 
especially how alternatives to it could emerge through a combination of 
regulation, law, and technological innovation, with a focus on Europe, 
USA, and China.

Background information:


Maximilian Becker. Chair for Data Protection Law and IT-Law at the 
Institute for Computer Law, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany.

Lance Bennett. Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor Communication and Professor 
of Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Alan Borning. Professor Emeritus in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer 
Science & Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle USA.

Yuuki Hara. Researcher at Hitachi, Ltd. Research & Development Group, 
Global Center for Social Innovation, Tokyo, Japan.

Jingjing Liu. Socio-Informatics and China Studies, University of Siegen, 

Daniela Stockmann. Professor of Digital Governance in the Centre for 
Digital Governance, Hertie School, Berlin, Germany.


Opportunities to participate in the online event (via Zoom or Youtube):

(1) Register for ECSCW 2020 to enjoy the whole conference via Zoom:

(2) Follow it online:<>

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