Centralization - The curse of data-centric digital systems?

Datum und Uhrzeit

13.12.2018, 16:00 - 18:00 Uhr
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Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 205, Seminarraum A
69120 Heidelberg


In this talk we look at the successful software architectures that have been developed in the past decades for data-centric digital systems within organizations, collaboration between organizations, and as data-centric platforms for service ecosystems in commerce, finance,
mobility, energy and health.They all exhibit a strong tendency towards a hierarchical and centralized structure. We identify the driving forces, benefits and beneficiaries of such architectures but also point out their intrinsic disadvantages and threats not only from a technical but more importantly also from a legal, political and ethical perspective. As a consequence, we call for interdisciplinary (social,legal, economic, technical) design research to foster more decentralized, cooperative, federated, peer-to-peer, or user-centered digital data-management architectures.

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