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Benjamin Wagner

Dr. Benjamin Wagner
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About me:
Dr. Ben Wagner is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab at Vienna University of Economics and Business. He previously worked at the Technical University of Berlin, European University Viadrina and the University of Pennsylvania. He is part of the Privacy & Usability training network and a member of the ENISA PSG advisory board. His research focuses on technology, human rights and accountable information systems. Ben holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from European University Institute in Florence.
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Visiting Scholar at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
since 2017
Ad Personam Appointment to the Permanent Stakeholders Group (PSG) of the EU Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
since 2017
Assistant Professor, Institute for Information Systems and Society, Vienna University of Economics and Business
since 2017
Director of the Privacy and Sustainable Computing Lab, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
Researcher at the Digital Policy Research Cluster at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin, Germany.
Visiting Professor in International Relations at the Collegium Polonicum, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan, Poland.
Founding Director, Centre for Internet & Human Rights, European University Viadrina
Visiting Fellow at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS), Technical University of Berlin, Germany.
Visiting Fellow at the interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Researcher in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy.

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Awards and Honors

Der Algorithmus als Chefin - Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.
The Ethics of Algorithms Grant - Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Best Student Paper Award, 1st International Conference on Internet Science, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
Salvador de Madariaga Grant - Government of Spain
Master of Science with Distinction in Public Administration


  • 1161 Human-computer interaction (Details)
  • 5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
  • 5937 Information systems (Details)


  • Accountable Information Systems
  • Human Rights and Technology
  • Human-centered computing
  • Technology Policy and Governance


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Book (monograph)

2016 Wagner, Benjamin. 2016. Global Free Expression: Governing the Boundaries of Internet Content. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. (Details)

Journal article

2019 Wagner, Benjamin. 2019. Liable, but Not in Control? Ensuring Meaningful Human Agency in Automated Decision-Making Systems. Policy and Internet. 11 (1) open access (Details)
2018 Wagner, Benjamin. 2018. Understanding Internet Shutdowns: A Case Study from Pakistan. International Journal of Communication. 12 (1), 22 open access (Details)
2017 Bossong, Raphael, Wagner, Benjamin. 2017. A typology of cybersecurity and public-private partnerships in the context of the EU. Crime, Law and Social Change. An International Journal. 67 (3), 265-288. (Details)
2016 Wagner, Benjamin. 2016. Algorithmic regulation and the global default: Shifting norms in Internet technology. Etikk i praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics 10 (1), (Details)
  Wagner, Benjamin, Vieth, Kilian. 2016. Was macht Cyber? Epistemologie und Funktionslogik von Cyber. Zeitschrift für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik 9 (2), 213-222. (Details)
2014 Wagner, Benjamin. 2014. Ist Freiheit utopisch? Die internationale Politik der freien Meinungsäusserung im Internet. juridikum: Zeitschrift für Kritik - Recht - Gesellschaft 4, 512-521. (Details)
  Wagner, Benjamin. 2014. The Politics of Internet Filtering: The United Kingdom and Germany in a Comparative Perspective. Politics 34 (1), 58-71. (Details)
2013 Wagner, Benjamin. 2013. Governing Internet Expression: how public and private regulation shape expression governance. Journal of Information Technology and Politics. 10 (3) (Details)
2012 Wagner, Benjamin. 2012. Push-Button-Autocracy in Tunisia: Analysing the role of Internet Infrastructure, Institutions and International Markets in Creating a Tunisian Censorship Regime. Telecommunications Policy. 36 (6) (Details)
2011 Wagner, Benjamin. 2011. ‘I Have Understood You’: The Co-evolution of Expression and Control on the Internet, Television and Mobile Phones During the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia. International Journal of Communication. 5 open access (Details)

Chapter in edited volume

2019 Wagner, Benjamin. 2019. Algorithmic Accountability – Towards Accountable Systems’. In: The Oxford Handbook of Intermediary Liability Online, Hrsg. Giancarlo Frosio, 1-16. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Details)
  Wagner, Benjamin, Horth, Stephanie. 2019. Digital Technologies, Human Rights and Global Trade? Expanding export controls of surveillance technologies in Europe, China and India. In: Research Handbook on Human Rights & Digital Technology: Global Politics, Law & International Relations, Hrsg. Ben Wagner, Matthias C Kettemann, Kilian Vieth, 299-318. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. (Details)
2018 Wagner, Benjamin. 2018. Ethics as an Escape from Regulation: From Ethics-Washing to Ethics-Shopping? In: Being Profiling. Cogitas ergo sum, Hrsg. M. Hildebrandt, 108-115. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press. open access (Details)
  Wagner, Benjamin. 2018. Free Expression? – Dominant Information Intermediaries as Arbiters of Internet Speech’. In: Digital Dominance: Implications and Risks, Hrsg. M. Moore and D. Tambini, 219-239. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Details)
2017 Wagner, Benjamin. 2017. The new media and social networks: Co-evolution of digital activism and repression during the Arab uprisings. In: Routledge Handbook on Mediterranean Politics. , Hrsg. F. Volpi & R. Gillespie, 531-631. London: Routledge. (Details)
2015 Wagner, Benjamin. 2015. Internet Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Turkey. In: Global Turkey in Europe III. Democracy, Trade, and the Kurdish Question in Turkey-EU Relations, Hrsg. S. Aydın- Düzgit et al. 531-631. Rome, Italy: - (Details)
  Wagner, Benjamin. 2015. Multistakeholder Governance and Nodal Authority: Understanding Internet Exchange Points. In: Network of Centers Internet Governance Case Studies Series, Hrsg. Berkman Center, 1034-1074. Cambridge. - (Details)
  Behrndt, Thomas, Wagner, Benjamin. 2015. Seeing like a Data Set: Reimagining Security through Big Data. In: Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik, Hrsg. J. C. Joerden, 1034-1074. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. (Details)

Edited book (editorship)

2019 Wagner, Benjamin, Kettemann, Matthias C., Vieth, Kilian, Hrsg. 2019. Research Handbook on Human Rights & Digital Technology: Global Politics, Law & International Relations. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. open access (Details)

Contribution to conference proceedings

2019 Wagner, Benjamin. 2019. Designing for Labour? Accountability and Self-Management in an App-Based Management’. In ACM CHI Extended Abstracts: Workshop on the Future of Work, Hrsg. Siân Lindley, Noopur Raval, Hamed S. Alavi, Silvia Lindtner, 1-6. Glasgow: ACM Press. open access (Details)

Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2018 Human, Soheil, Wagner, Benjamin. 2018. Is Informed Consent Enough? Considering Predictive Approaches to Privacy. CHI2018 Workshop on Exploring Individual Differences in Privacy, Montreal, Canada, 21.04. (Details)

Research report, expert opinion

2018 Wagner, Benjamin. 2018. Algorithms and Human Rights: Study on the Human Rights Dimensions of Automated Data Processing Techniques and Possible Regulatory Implications. Strasbourg, France:Council of Europe. (Details)
2017 Wagner, Benjamin. 2017. Boundaries of Law: Exploring Transparency, Accountability, and Oversight of Government Surveillance Regimes. Cambridge, UK:University of Cambridge Faculty of Law . (Details)
2014 Wagner, Benjamin. 2014. Finding a Formula for Brazil: Representation and Legitimacy in Internet Governance. Pennsylvania, United States:Internet Policy Observatory Working Paper Series, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School. (Details)
2012 Wagner, Benjamin. 2012. After the Arab Spring: New Paths for Human Rights and the Internet in European Foreign Policy. Brussels, Belgium:European Commission, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, Brussels, Belgium. (Details)


Towards Realization of Accountable Multi-modal Smart Mobility in Vienna: Do Smartphone Apps Influence Mode Choice Behavior among Viennese Citizens? The Role of User-interface Design in Influencing Users’ Mobility Behaviour in Vienna (2019-2020) (Details)
EXPloring opportunities and challenges for Emerging personal DaTa Ecosystems: Empowering humans in the age of the GDPR (2018-2020) (Details)
Challenging Online Hate with the Power of Community (2018-2020) (Details)
Regulating Artficial Intelligence (2018-2018) (Details)
Algorithmic Management (2017-2019) (Details)
Privacy and Usabiliy (2015-2019) (Details)