Master Seminar “Ethik in der Informationsgesellschaft”

Master Informatik, Master Wirtschaftsinformatik
4 or 5 (depending on your examination rules)
Seminar talk, active discussion, attendance
Regular Dates: 
Group 1: Thursdays, 15:00 Uhr – 16:30 Uhr
Group 2: Thursdays, 16:45 Uhr – 18:15 Uhr
Room IZ 251 (Informatikzentrum, Mühlenpfordtstraße 23)

This seminar deals with ethical issues that are caused by today's information society. Each participating student holds a scientific talk on one of these problems and hosts a discussion of the topic. The seminar's focus, however, lies on giving encouraging and persuasive presentations that are interesting and easy to understand. To achieve this, the participants will learn from some the best (and worst) speakers by analyzing short videos of their talks and by collaboratively developing guidelines for sticky presentations.

This course is part of the Informatik seminar program. In order to pass it, you will need to attend to the seminar presentations in PK 11.2 on January 30th at 13:15. Due to increased demand we will have two master seminar groups and a bachelor seminar group this semester. This is the master seminar website.

The topics of this seminar include (but are not limited to) the following areas (similar topics are grouped together):

  • Pseudonymization (e.g. AOL Data Leak)
  • Deep Packet Inspection (e.g. issues with german Fernmeldegesetz), Post-Privacy, Bundestrojaner, Gläserner Bürger
  • Boundaries of Data Mining (e.g. Massachussetts Health Records)
  • Copyright Infringements (e.g. Napster, Megaupload)
  • Virusses and Worms (e.g. Stuxnet), DDOS Attacks (protest or vandalism?)
  • Wikileaks, Internet censorship
  • Removing data from the Internet (e.g. Star-Wars Kid, Streisand-Effect)
  • Cyber war (dehumanization)
  • Klout score
  • Anonymity on the internet, Identity theft, Cyberbullying
  • Bring your own devicebring your own time?
  • Profiling (e.g. location based services, digital traces)
  • Digital divide
  • Netzneutralität

Further information:
We wrote some blog posts that might be interesting for participants:

Additionally, there are more interesting links on information society ethics:



  Date Group 1 Group 2 Material
0 30.01.2013 Seminar Presentation
1 04.04.2013 Introduction, Assignment of topics  
2 11.04.2013 Analyzing talks 1
3 18.04.2013 Analyzing talks 2
4 25.04.2013 Developing guidelines for good talks
5 02.05.2013 Introductory Talk by Dr. Karl Teille (16:00 Uhr)  
  09.05.2013 Himmelfahrt (no class)  
6 16.05.2013 Vortrag fällt aus Vinh (Bring your own device)  
  23.05.2013 Exkursionswoche (no class)  
7 30.05.2013 Fabian (Post-Privacy) Vortrag fällt aus  
8 06.06.2013 Vincent (Removing data from the internet) Marten (Anonymity on the internet)  
9 13.06.2013 David (Copyright Infringements) Fabien (Virusses and Worms)  
10 20.06.2013 Yannik (Bundestrojaner) Philipp (Cyber war)  
11 27.06.2013 Sebastian (Wikileaks) Janus (Profiling)  
12 04.07.2013 Grading Hannes (Copyright Infringements)  
13 11.07.2013 Termin entfällt Grading