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Kathrin Bednar

Kathrin Bednar MSc, MSc, BA
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About me:
Kathrin Bednar works and teaches at the Institute for Information Systems and Society of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien). She has an interdisciplinary background in psychology, philosophy and cognitive science and has been teaching classes on human-centered design and sustainable IT. Her general research interests focus on the impact of technology on our lives and psychological wellbeing. Currently, Kathrin is looking into different views of human nature and technology.
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since 2017
Research and Teaching Associate (prae doc)

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Awards and Honors

DOC Fellowship (ÖAW / Austrian Academy of Sciences)



  • IT ethics
  • Human centered design
  • Cognitive science
  • Human nature and technology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Values and technology design


Membership in scientific association
  since 2018 International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), Working Group 9.5 ("Our Digital Lives") - Secretary
Reviewer for a scientific journal
  2019 Information Systems Journal (ISJ) - Reviewer
Reviewer for an international conference
  2020 International Human Choice and Computers Conference (HCC) - Reviewer
  2019 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) - Reviewer
  2019 Ethicomp Conference - Reviewer
  2018 Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI) - Reviewer
  2016 International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) - Reviewer
Attendance scientific meeting (Conference etc.)
  2018 Human Choice and Computers Conference (HCC13): “This changes everything”
  2018 Ethicomp 2018: "Creating, changing, and coalescing ways of life with technologies"
  2017 CEPE/Ethicomp 2017: “Values in emerging science and technology”
  2016 Lab Launch - The Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab
Other scientific activities
  since 2019 International VSD Community Seminar - Member
  since 2016 Privacy & Sustainable Computing Lab - Member


Journal article

2019 Bednar, Kathrin, Spiekermann-Hoff, Sarah, Langheinrich, Marc. 2019. Engineering Privacy by Design: Are engineers ready to live up to the challenge? Information Society. 35 (3), 122-142. open access (Details)

Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium

2018 Bednar, Kathrin, Spiekermann-Hoff, Sarah. 2018. Aware but not in control: A qualitative value analysis of the effects of new technologies. 13th IFIP TC 9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers, HCC13 2018, Poznan, Polen, 19.09.-21.09. (Details)
2017 Bednar, Kathrin, Spiekermann-Hoff, Sarah. 2017. Understanding software engineers’ attitude towards information privacy. CEPE/ETHICOMP 2017, Turin, Italien, 05.06.-08.06. (Details)

Working/discussion paper, preprint

2019 Spiekermann-Hoff, Sarah, Winkler, Till, Bednar, Kathrin. 2019. A Telemedicine Case Study for the early phases of Value based Engineering. Working Paper Series/Institute for IS & Society Vol. 1. (Details)


Exploring views of human nature and technology (2020-2021) (Details)
Developing and testing the value-based IT design approach (2017-2019) (Details)
Interview study on engineers’ attitude towards privacy (2016-2017) (Details)