Rainer Rehak is part of the research group "Digitization, Sustainability, and Participation" at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, he is associated researcher at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and is currently doing his PhD on systemic IT security and societal data protection at the TU Berlin. He studied computer science and philosophy in Berlin and Hong Kong and has been working on the implications of the computerization of society for over 15 years. His research fields include data protection, IT security, state hacking, computer science and ethics, fictions of technology, digitization and sustainability, convivial and democratic digital technology, and the implications and limits of automation through AI systems. He is an expert witness for parliaments (e.g., the German Bundestag) and courts (e.g., the German Constitutional Court) and also publishes regularly in non-scientific outlets. Together with other digital policy and environmental organizations, he initiated the "Bits & Bäume" conference for digitization and sustainability.
Research Associate since 15 September 2022:
Research Group "Digitization, Sustainability, and Participation"
Doctoral Researcher until 14 September 2022:
Research Group "Responsibility and the Internet of Things"
Research Group "Quantification and Social Regulation"