Keynote Speakers

 prof.dr. (Payal) P Arora

Payal Arora
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands


Inclusive design and the pathway to action

What actions and innovations are needed to create an inclusive internet environment? Why focus on user experiences among low-income communities around the world to reconstitute ethical design? What kinds of design principles should we live by if we want a regenerative, redistributive, and resilient technological society?

Join Payal Arora for her talk as she lays out a pathway for sustainable action.



Doris Allhutter
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria


Photo by: Nini Tschavoll



Digital Future(s) of Welfare and the Power of Infrastructure

Doris Allhutter is a Senior Academy Scientist at the Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA), Austrian Academy of Sciences, and a Lecturer at the TU Vienna and the Johannes Kepler University Linz. She was the recipient of the Käthe Leichter Award 2020 and several publication awards. In 2021/22, she is an Associate Fellow at the Digital Curation Institute, University of Toronto, and she was a visiting researcher at Vassar College, New York (2019), UC Berkeley (2013) and Lancaster University, UK (2011). Her research focuses on how social inequality and ideologies of human difference co-emerge with information infrastructures and sociotechnical systems. She studies the implicit normativity of computing practices in machine learning and AI under the lens of how these practices are entrenched in power relations. Recent publications include a Special Issue in Feminist Theory on Materiality-Critique-Transformation: Challenging the Political in Feminist New Materialisms, the paper Algorithmic Profiling of Job Seekers in Austria: How Austerity Politics Are Made Effective in Frontiers in Big Data, as well as Of ‘Working Ontologists’ and ‘High-quality Human Components’. The Politics of Semantic Infrastructures in DigitalSTS: A Field Guide for Science & Technology Studies (Winner of the Olga Amsterdamska Award 2020). Allhutter has an MA in Social and Economic Sciences, a Post-Graduate Diploma in ‘Governance in the European Union’, and a PhD in Political Science.

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Catrin Misselhorn
University of Göttingen, Germany


From 2012 to 2019 Dr. Catrin Misselhorn was the Chair for the Philosophy of Science and Technology and Director of the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart. Starting in April 2019 she accepted a Chair at the University of Göttingen. Her research focuses on machine morality, or the moral behavior of artificially intelligent systems. More broadly, she is an expert on the philosophy of science and technology.

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