WG 3: IT Security, Privacy, Legal and Ethical Framework

Self-learning systems have the potential to make many processes more efficient and more comfortable and secure for humans - under the condition that they operate reliably and are resistant to interferences, targeted attacks or unexpected occurrences. The increasing use of connected self-learning systems makes them vulnerable to potential attacks from hackers. As with all new technological innovations, new legal questions arise which must be integrated into a juridical framework. Questions cornering the liability or the use of personal data have to be addressed. It must be critically evaluated from an ethically standpoint what it implies for humans to pass-over control to machines. Furthermore, it has to be ensured that the decisions made by AI are fair and non-discriminatory.

Topics and Organisation of the Working Group

The working group focuses on security, safety, and privacy issues in the development and application of self-learning systems. It also analyses the concurrent legal and ethical demands and engages in close exchange with the other working groups.

Jörn Müller-Quade

Jessica Heesen

Members of the Working Group (IT Security and Privacy)

  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Beckert
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Prof. Dr. Werner Damm
  • OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology / Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg
  • Prof. Dr. habil. Claudia Eckert
  • Fraunhofer AISEC
  • Joachim Hechler
  • Kobil Systems GmbH
  • Prof. Dr. Thorsten Holz
  • Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Dr. Detlef Houdeau
  • Infineon Technologies AG
  • Prof. Dr. Konrad Rieck
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Thomas Schauf
  • Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Prof. Dr. Werner Schindler
  • Federal Office for Information Security
  • Dr. Dirk Wacker
  • Giesecke+Devrient GmbH

We have received written consent from the listed persons for the publication of their data in accordance with the DSGVO. This list of members is an excerpt and will be completed continuously.

Members of the Working Group (Law and Ethics)

  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Beck
  • Leibniz University Hannover
  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Bieber
  • Center for Advanced Internet Studies
  • Dr. Angelika Christoph
  • Prof. Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer
  • Max Planck Institut for Human Development
  • Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) / Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
  • Ralf-Peter Hayen
  • German Trade Union Confederation
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Heine
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren
  • University of Münster
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Cornelius Joerden
  • European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Matzner
  • Paderborn University
  • Catrin Misselhorn
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Roßnagel
  • University of Kassel
  • Thomas Schauf
  • Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Prof. Dr. Judith Simon
  • Universität Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Louise Specht-Riemenschneider
  • University of Bonn
  • Dr. Susann Wolfgram
  • SAP SE
  • Prof. Dr. Katharina Anna Zweig
  • Technische Universität Kaiserslautern

We have received written consent from the listed persons for the publication of their data in accordance with the DSGVO. This list of members is an excerpt and will be completed continuously.

Key Questions for the Working Group

IT Security and Privacy

  • How can we use AI for protection of IT-systems?
  • Which new threats can occur when attackers are using AI?
  • What could possibly happen when AI-systems are attacked and how can we protect them?
  • How can we guarantee a flexible handling with (individual-related) data for AI-application, while preserving the right for informational self-determination?

Law and Ethics

  • Which challenges occur when it comes to liability, criminal responsibility and fundamental legal and ethical issues?
  • How can we shape those systems to preserve human autonomy and basic rights, equal opportunities and prevent discrimination?
  • Is it reasonable to introduce a right for data ownership?
  • How can society actively participate during the implementation of self-learning systems?

Conclusions and Contributions of the Working Group

  • Publications

  • Expertise

  • Videos

Jessica Heesen
Head of the research area Media Ethics and Information Technology at Universität Tübingen on how corona changes the way we deal with technology (in German).

Thomas Schauf
Senior Experte Public and Regulatory Affairs at Deutsche Telekom AG speaks about secure AI systems in the field of medicine (in German).

Susanne Beck
Professor for Criminal Law at the University of Hanover comments on the white paper of working group 3 (in German).

Peter Rost
Director Business Development and Strategy at Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity answers the question how safe and secure AI is (in German).

Jörn Müller-Quade
Professor for IT-Security at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology answers the question how safe and secure Artificial Intelligence is (in German).

Coordination of the Working Group at the Managing Office: Stephanie Dachsberger