TU Wien Informatics

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Digital Humanism

Inauguration of the UNESCO Chair on Digital Humanism

  • 2023-05-15
  • Event

TU Wien Informatics launches the first UNESCO Chair on Digital Humanism to address the ethical, societal, and political challenges of digital technology.

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/K4nvH4-WMKU

May 15th 2023

Technology profoundly shapes the world we live in. From AI and automated decision-making to surveillance, fake news, digital sovereignty, challenges of sustainability, and more. Digital Humanism uncovers the changes and disruptions digital technology inflicts on our society and environment.

The UNESCO Chair on Digital Humanism aims at shaping the development of digital technologies and policies toward human rights, democracy, participation, inclusion, and diversity. The Chair fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and establishes strong links with partner universities, especially in the global south, through research and education. Moreover, it aims to develop teaching curricula reflecting the topics of Digital Humanism; to include interdisciplinary methods into technical courses at TU Wien; to develop and adopt ethical research policies following UNESCO’s Recommendation on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence; and to organize recurring events to exchange and develop research agendas with related research initiatives. The chair will further act as a networking hub, connecting partners and activities of the international Digital Humanism initiative of TU Wien and the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (CAIML).

With this event, TU Wien is celebrating the inauguration of the UNESCO Chair on Digital Humanism at TU Wien Informatics and the appointment of Peter Knees as Chairholder and Julia Neidhardt as Co-Chairholder.


Welcome Address and Statements


UNESCO Chair on Digital Humanism

Peter Knees and Julia Neidhardt
Chairholder and Co-Chairholder

Panel Discussion

“Progress at the Cost of Humanity? How to reclaim Humanism in the Digital Age.”

On the panel:


The event & panel discussion will be moderated by Gerti Kappel, Dean of TU Wien Informatics.

We cordially invite you to a reception with food and drinks following the event.

We are happy to host the Amai Quartet, who will accompany the event musically.

The event will be held in English.


UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It contributes to peace and security by promoting international cooperation in education, sciences, culture, communication, and information. UNESCO promotes knowledge sharing and the free flow of ideas to accelerate mutual understanding and a more perfect knowledge of each other’s lives. UNESCO’s programs contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

About the Austrian Commission for UNESCO

The Austrian Commission for UNESCO (ÖUK) is the national coordination and liaison office for UNESCO. It was established on 14 September 1949 after Austria joined UNESCO in 1948. Initially part of the Austrian Ministry for Education, it broke away in 2001 and was newly constituted as a registered society. Its tasks include advising the federal government, the federal states and other relevant bodies on all questions that may arise from Austria’s membership in UNESCO; collaborating on the implementation of programs; informing the general public of UNESCO’s work and bringing institutions, specialist organizations and experts into contact with the organization.

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