Abstracting Digital Documents to Think about Cultural Preservation

The textual scholar and literary critic Jerome McGann begins his most recent book with the following: “Here is surely a truth now universally acknowledged: that the whole of our cultural inheritance has to be recurated and reedited in digital forms and institutional structures.”[1] McGann emphasizes the enormous consequences of this […]

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Facial Recognition: Statement of the SI Expert Group “Informatics & Society”

As the SI’s specialist group “Informatics and Society“, we recommend banning facial recognition with the potential for mass surveillance in public spaces. Not only because of the known and in many places described shortcomings of the technology (discrimination, false recognition), but especially because of the inhibiting effects on democratic processes […]

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Dangerous mathematics?

Algorithms are ubiquitous in our society. They automate human thought and decision processes with the help of mathematical formulas. But how rational are these data-based decisions? And how do we distinguish useful from dangerous algorithms? The topic of “artificial intelligence” divides society. Some see it as a great opportunity, others […]

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The Swiss Digital Finance Conference!

Since 2016, the Swiss Informatics Society has been co-organizing the Swiss Digital Finance Conference at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) as part of a partnership. Prof. Dr. Georges Grivas from the HSLU is responsible for the management of the conference. He is lecturer and head of […]


Digital sovereignty for a secure future in the cyber age

Digital sovereignty is increasingly recognized as a success factor in the cyber-dominated age. The pandemic makes us very aware of the opportunities and, at the same time, the extreme dependence on IT technologies. As a spokesperson for the GI Economic Advisory Board, I hold discussions with IT experts from business, […]


Two Key Learnings from the Health Crisis

Covid-19 is strongly entangled with digital transformation, both in positive and negative ways. On the one hand, Covid-19 has boosted online formats in business, healthcare, education and even in government. On the other hand, Covid-19 has highlighted the missing capabilities in inter- and intra-organization information management. Both ICT application areas […]


Documenting and Preserving Heritage Creatively

News Digital Heritage SIG In 2018, the Digital Heritage SIG organised an exhibition with the Zurich artist Peter Grenacher focusing on his research with the Ishango Bone, which was presented in the ETH Zurich and seen by several hundreds visitors. In the same vane, the Digital Heritage SIG in collaboration […]

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Corona- und Digitalisierungs-Challenge als das «Neue Normale»

Die Planung und Umsetzung der Transformation / Digitalisierung sollte ein vom Management gesteuerter und vom mittleren Management aktiv unterstützter Prozess sein. Das bzw. der diesbezügliche Reifegrad der Digitalisierung der Organisationen wurde speziell in den letzten Monaten ersichtlich und auch noch kommender Zeit weiterhin stark (heraus)gefordert in technologischer und organisatorischer Hinsicht. […]

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Somehow you recognize faces. And somehow old masters. But somehow it’s also a bit scary. The images are part of Mario Klingemann’s video work 79530 Selfportraits, in which the artist trained a neural network exclusively with portraits of old masters. The artificial intelligence, which “sees” with the help of a […]


SwissCovid App – viele Stärken, einige Schwächen

Der Chaos Computer Club (CCC) hat zehn Kriterien zur Beurteilung von Contact Tracing Apps vorgelegt. Sechs dieser Kriterien werden von der SwissCovid App erfüllt, vier werden teilweise erfüllt. Die Grafik fasst die Bewertung anhand der CCC-Kriterien zusammen. Sie zeigt, dass sich die Entwickler der App erfolgreich Mühe gegeben haben, die […]