Rainer Rehak

Doctoral Researcher

Rainer Rehak is a doctoral candidate in the research group “Quantification and Social Regulation”. His dissertation project deals with concepts for implementing and safeguarding democratic principles in IT systems of cities. He studied Computer Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests are privacy and data protection, IT security, government (“lawful”) hacking, operating systems, networking, (self) critical computer science, computer science and society, automation and artificial intelligence, free software/open source and philosophy of mind, language and science. In his diploma thesis he critically analysed the efforts of limiting technical abilities of government hacking software to constitutional law. Rainer Rehak graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin while studying in Berlin, Beijing and Hongkong.



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Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
  • Positions

    Doctoral Researcher

    Research Group "Responsibility and the Internet of Things"

    Research Group "Quantification and Social Regulation"

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  • Fields of research
    • Data protection
    • IT Security
    • Governmental Hacking
    • Informatics, Ethics and Society
    • Fictions of Technology
    • Digitalization and Sustainability
    • Implications and limits of automation through AI systems