13. April 2021

Digital Humanism Lecture Series

Vaccination Passports – a tool for liberation or the opposite?

Speaker: Ron Roozendaal (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, The Netherlands)
Respondent: Nikolaus Forgó (University of Vienna, Austria)
Moderator: Walter Hötzendorfer (Research Institute – Digital Human Rights Center) 


The European Commission and its member states are discussing “Green Passports” as a way of opening up after lockdown. They have been proposed as tools to verify the Covid immunization status and thus help to accelerate the path to normality. However, similar to the contact tracing apps there are numerous issues and concerns about what these apps should be and how to make them safe, reliable, and privacy-preserving. Director Ron Roozendaal from the Dutch Ministry of Health will talk about digital solutions, important design decisions, and the way forward. As a respondent, Prof. Nikolaus Forgo from the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law will be our respondent. 

Short Bio of Ron Roozendaal:

Ron Roozendaal is director of Information Policy and CIO of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. He is responsible for Information Policy in the health care sector (e.g. big data, cybersecurity, cybersecurity, identification and authentication and interoperability), the functioning of the Dutch Healthcare Information Council and quality assurance as to the aspect of information and ICT in the activities of the Ministry. Furthermore, he is also the director of the Programme Directorate tasked with the development of digital solutions to address the COVID-19 pandemic, e.g. national notification app (CoronaMelder) and now the test and vaccination certificate app. Prior, he worked as Ministry of Agriculture (CIO) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. He holds degrees in both Informatics and Psychology. 

Short Bio of Nikolaus Forgó:
Nikolaus Forgó is Professor of IT and IP Law and Head of the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law of the University of Vienna, where he is also the head of the Postgraduate Program for Information- and Media Law, founded by himself. Until 2017, he was Professor for IT-Law and Legal Informatics at Leibniz University Hannover, where he also served as Head of the Institute for Legal Informatics, as Data Protection Officer, and as Chief Information Officer. From 2013 to 2017, he was Director of the Research Center L3S in Hanover. He has conducted extensive dogmatic and third-party funded research for European, German and Austrian clients regarding questions of IT law, in particular data protection and data security law, and engaged in evaluation and consulting activities for the European Commission, the German Research Foundation, the German Ethics Council as well as various German and Austrian ministries, among others. Since March 2017, Prof. Forgó is serving as member of the Digitalisation Council of Lower Saxony and since July 2018 as expert member of the Data Protection Council of the Republic of Austria. More details: https://id.univie.ac.at/en/team/univ-prof-dr-nikolaus-forgo/

Short Bio of Walter Hötzendorfer:

Walter Hötzendorfer is a Senior Researcher at the Research Institute – Digital Human Rights Center in Vienna. He studied business information systems at the Vienna University of Technology and law at the Universities of Vienna and Sheffield. After working in legal consulting and software engineering, he was a Researcher at the University of Vienna Centre for Computers and Law from 2011 to 2016, where he worked in several national and international research projects and did a PhD on Data Protection and Privacy by Design in Federated Identity Management. Dr. Hötzendorfer advises various types of organisations on the implementation of the DSGVO, is a lecturer at universities in Austria and abroad and the author of numerous publications on data protection law, privacy by design, privacy engineering, network and information security (NIS) and related topics. He is a permanent advisor of the Austrian Red Cross on data protection and is involved in the development of the organisation’s Stop Corona App with a special focus on privacy by design. 


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The talk will be live streamed and recorded on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/digitalhumanism

For further announcements and information about the speakers in the Lecture Series, see https://dighum.ec.tuwien.ac.at/news-events


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