Track Description

Information and communication technologies affect all areas of our society. Digitization opens up new opportunities to address important social issues. The motor of digitization can be social necessity, technical feasibility, but also a crisis, as the corona virus pandemic shows: Out of necessity many ideas are moved and positively changed. The digitalization of everyday working and learning, apps for tracing information chains and containing new infections have great potential, but also pose social risks. The current corona crisis seems to put the role of digitization in a completely new light. It is therefore important to evaluate which digital solutions are proving their worth and where there is room for innovation.

In order to meet the societal challenges posed by digitization, it is particularly important to understand how they arise. If digital solutions are used in safety-critical contexts, dependencies are formed and various dangers threaten: Infrastructure disruptions and failures can be caused by criminal acts, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, operational disruptions and system failures. Critical value chains must function reliably as a whole. In addition, there is a concern about data arising from the use of digital solutions. Data protection, data sovereignty and data security and their social perception must always be closely observed. Furthermore, it should always be checked that an expansion of digitization does not lead to a digital divide. New digital solutions require constant evaluation and assessment of the consequences.

This track focuses on issues at the intersection of digitization and society, not only, but also in times of corona, and is aimed at researchers and practitioners in business informatics and related disciplines.

Possible Topics

● Digitization and society in times of corona

● Digitization of everyday working and learning

● Ethical, social and societal aspects of digitization 

● Value and risks of apps to trace information chains

● Dependencies from digital solutions

● Social perceptions on data protection, sovereignty and security

● Digital divide


Track Chairs

Christian Reuter

Technical University of Darmstadt

Prof. Dr. Christian Reuter holds the Chair of Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC) in the Department of Computer Science at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He is particularly interested in interactive and collaborative technologies in the context of security, crisis and peace research.

Ulrike Lechner

University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lechner holds the chair of Wirtschaftsinformatik at the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich. Her research topics are digitalization, IT security for critical infrastructures, enterprise architectures and crisis management.

Associate Editors

• Prof. Dr. Ruth Breu, University of Innsbruck

• Dr. Christian Ehnis, The University of Sydney, Australien

• Prof. Dr. Frank Fiedrich, Bergische Universität Wuppertal

• Prof. Dr. Christian Fikar, WU Wien

• Prof. Dr. Hanno Friedrich, Kühne Logistics University Hamburg

• Prof. Dr. Erich Heumüller, DHBW Stuttgart

• Prof. Dr. Patrick Hirsch, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

• Marc-André Kaufhold, Technical University of Darmstadt

• Dr. Dennis Kipker, University of Bremen

• Prof. Dr. Thomas Ludwig, University of Siegen

• Prof. Dr. Michael Meier, University of Bonn

• Prof. Dr. Tilo Mentler, Trier University of Applied Sciences

• Prof. Dr. Simon Nestler, Technical University of Ingolstadt 

• Prof. Dr. Steffi Rudel, University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich

• Dr. Marén Schorch, University of Siegen