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Big Data for President

The keynote dialogue Big Data for President! is the second event in the series Big data: big power shifts? The evening’s speakers are all eminent experts in understanding the importance of big data for the public sector. The event will be held in English.

Big data booms but not everywhere yet. Stemming from the military sector, the main developments in big data take place in commercial marketing. But what about the public sector: Do governments make use of new data and methods? Should they? And does big data follow different rules when applied in government use?

14 March 2016 | 7 – 8.30 pm | Doors open 6.30 pm
Estonian Embassy in Berlin | Hildebrandstraße 5 | 10785 Berlin

We discussed with:

Siim Sikkut, national ICT policy adviser in the Government Office of Estonia. He will give us an insight into how the government of the country known as a European digital pioneer (‘E-stonia’) approaches the possible gains and pitfalls of big data for government.

Dirk Mahnkopf, specialist for ‘Big Data and Analytics’ at Cisco, will share his expertise from inside a company that explores the potential of big data for government use in many countries.

Jeanette Hofmann, director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, and who leads a project about the regulation of big data, will share her thoughts on drivers and obstacles for big data in the public sector and lead the conversation.


19:00Welcome address by Kaja Tael, Estonia’s ambassador to Germany
Introductory words by David Deissner, Vodafone Institute
Moderation of the event: Jeanette Hofmann, director of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
19:10Potential of Big Data within the public sector
Dirk Mahnkopf, specialist for ‘Big Data and Analytics’ at Cisco
19:30e-Estonia: Building a Data-Driven Government
Siim Sikkut, national ICT policy adviser in the Government Office of Estonia
19:50Discussion with panelists and the public
20:30Stand-up reception

A keynote dialogue in the series Big data: big power shifts?

The event is the keynote dialogue for the series Big data: big power shifts?, that the HIIG conducts in cooperation with the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications.

​Although big data has been a major issue in the internet-related public debate, it is still unclear what impact big data has on societies today. Mayer-Schönberger & Cukier claim that big data is a “revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think”. But whereas revolutions imply a profound shift in power relations, there is little evidence and debate about whether and, if so, how big data affects power relations.

The lecture series will explore this topic with speakers from different backgrounds and be backed by a special issue of the Internet Policy Review.

The event series Big data: big power shifts? is curated by Dr. Lena Ulbricht, WZB Research Fellow.

Event date

14.03.2016 | 7.00 pm – 8.30 pm ical | gcal


Estonian Embassy in Berlin,  Hildebrandstraße 5,  10785 Berlin


Larissa Wunderlich

Visual Communication and Design

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