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RESPECTeD Project: Really Enforceable Solution to Protect End-users Consent & Tracking Decisions

We are delighted to inform you that the Institute of Information Systems and New Media (WU Wien) in collaboration with the Privacy and Sustainable Computing Lab, the Institute of Information Systems and Society (WU Wien), and NOYB – European Center for Digital Rights ( starts the interdisciplinary research project RESPECTeD. The full title of the project is “Really Enforceable Solution to Protect End-users Consent & Tracking Decisions”. Soheil Human and Ben Wagner are the project leads representing WU Wien and Max Schrems is the project lead from the NOYB-side. The project is funded by the NetIdee programme of Internet Privatstiftung Austria (IPA)

Respected Project

Project Motivations

RESPECTeD tackles a wide range of ongoing privacy-related issues on Internet, among others:
1. providing consents on the Internet is a time and expertise-demanding task which cannot correctly be performed by most of the users,
2. withdrawing consents is normally a sophisticated task,
3. the existing anti-tracking mechanisms (e.g. W3C’s Tracking Preference Expression – DNT) are not legally enforceable and are in many cases ignored by the service providers. 
We aim to develop a mechanism to address these issues.

Project Goal

Based on an extensive study of existing patterns of tracking, we develop a detailed standard mechanism for communicating users consent and tracking decisions via HTTP headers. Moreover, a set of client-side and server-side software (e.g. web-browser plugins) support the legal enforcement of the expressed consents, e.g. by sending the required identifiers or legally binding emails.

Target Group of the Project

Almost everyone on Internet can be considered as the target group of the project: 
1) end-users will finally have a mechanism to express their consent and tracking decisions in a manner, which not only is human-cetnric, user-friendly and easy- to-use, but also lawfully and technically enforceable;
2) service providers (data controllers) will be provided by a clearly defined technical mechanism and supporting codes to gain and respect user consents;
3) NGOs will be provide mechanisms to track which data-controllers do not comply the GDPR.

More information about the project will be published on:

GamIng-Workshop for learning the Gamification concept and designing an educational game

The GamIng project team at the Institute of Information Systems and New Media is developing a game for the BIS-1 course. We would like to invite interested students to support us for designing the game. In order to have you on board, we organize the GamIng-Workshop held on 04.12.2019, 14:00 to 16:00 in Sitzungssaal 6. 

If you are interested in the GamIng project and would like to register for the workshop, please drop a message to Marjan Khobreh, 

Gaming Poster

Please find more information about the project here:

Excursion to a Leading FinTech Solution Provider

Excursion to a Leading FinTech Solution Provider


In a joint project, a group of students from the Bachelor program Business, Economics and Social Sciences (BaWISO) of Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien) visited in June 2019 one of the leading Austrian FinTech solutions providers, s-IT Solutions. The excursion was part of the Corporate IT II course in the specialization of Business Information Systems.

In this excursion, Dr. Wolfgang Grech, the head of Division Customer Service Delivery of s-IT Solutions introduced the digital banking platform "George" to the students. Dr. Grech explained how state of the art technologies and approaches in corporate IT have been applied during the development of George. Beyond the implementation of technical solutions, it was discussed how novel approaches towards corporate IT management could lead to cultural changes in IT firms, which contribute not only towards a better working environment but consequently also to a better service for the end-users.

Visiting the control center of the George online banking platform was another interesting part of this excursion. Dr. Grech and his team demonstrated how different types of visualizations could ensure the efficient management of a platform with millions of end-users which is expected to guarantee high quality service 24/7. Part of this infrastructure was co-developed with members of the Institute of Information Systems and New Media.

One goal of the excursion was to enable students of the specialization to develop well founded term papers regarding various aspects of the George infrastructure, provided back as input to s-IT. The topics varied from IT transformations and its usability to potential application of hot topics like blockchain and distributed ledger technology to machine-learning approaches.

Considering the highly positive feedback that was received from the students, WU Wien and s-IT Solutions aim to continue this successful project by organizing similar excursions in the next terms. This will enable a continuous collaboration between the two involved leading scientific and IT-industry institutions in Austria.


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More information regarding the Business Information Systems specialization:

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Soheil Human and Gustaf Neumann from the Institute for Information Systems and New Media of Vienna University of Economics and Business in collaboration with Rainer Alt from the Information Systems Institute of Leipzig University chair a mini-track on END-USER EMPOWERMENT IN THE DIGITAL AGE at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2020. Here is the call for papers:

Information technologies are known to shift the control on traditional organizational processes to the user. Among the examples are comparison sites or configurators in electronic commerce, citizen self-services in e-government or social media platforms in industries, such as finance, health or politics. Increasingly, solutions have become available that enable users to actively manage their identities, which are used by the various digital services. Self-sovereign identities or personal data stores point in the direction of reverse customer relationship management and allow end users (e.g. citizens, consumers, patients) to control their disclosed data. In addition, users could combine offerings from various service providers along their usage processes (e.g. customer journeys). End-user empowerment therefore might lead to a paradigm shift where processes are not controlled by service providers, but by service customers. 

This minitrack aims to attract research that advances the understanding of user empowerment in the digital economy. It adopts an interdisciplinary perspective, which considers user empowerment across application domains (e.g. software development, digital commerce, healthcare, administration). Topics are:

  • Identity management systems and privacy management systems for end-user empowerment
  • Novel technologies for managing identities and user attributes (e.g. Blockcerts)
  • Decoupling applications from the data they produce
  • Approaches for business applications, where users can retain ownership over their data
  • Accountability of information systems
  • Empirical evidence regarding the need for end-user empowerment
  • Privacy as a value for customers
  • Business value of user empowered solutions
  • Network effects of identity management systems
  • Cognitive and human-centric solutions for identity management, consent management, and end-user empowerment
  • Human-centric Personal Data Ecosystems
  • Concepts for user empowerment, such as reverse CRM or customer-dominant logic


Rainer Alt, Leipzig University, Germany

Soheil Human, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), Austria

Gustaf Neumann, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien), Austria

Publication of Papers

Presented papers will be included in the Proceedings of HICSS-53. Selected papers will be invited for a fast-track in Electronic Markets – The International Journal on Networked Business.

Important Dates

April 20, 2019: Beginning of Submission Period

June 15, 2019: Paper Submission Deadline (11:59 pm HST)

August 17, 2019: Notification of Acceptance/Rejection

September 22, 2019: Deadline for Final Manuscript

October 1, 2019: Deadline for at least one author to register

Conference Dates

January 8-10, 2020:  Paper Presentations

Author Instructions


Job opening: Model-driven software development in industry

The Institute for Information Systems and New Media  (WU Vienna) and AVL List GmbH invite applications for a scientific and technical project-team position (pre-doc). The successful candidate will contribute to HybriDLUX (FFG #867535), a 3-year nationally funded industry research project on model-driven software development and domain-specific modeling in industry. We are looking for talented candidates who will join our efforts to design, to implement, and to evaluate lighthouse software solutions for AVL List GmbH, the world-leading company for vehicle test beds. In the short term, this position opens the opportunity to work on a dissertation project (WU Vienna) while actively contributing to and shaping the future of flagship Open Source software projects (Eclipse). In the mid term, HybriDLUX allows for embarking on an industry career (AVL List GmbH) or on a research career.

Reference Number: 3889
Application materials can be submitted online until April 10, 2019.

Please apply on our homepage

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