Natalie Pompe is a PhD Candidate at the University of Zurich. In July 2018 she joined HIIG as a Fellow in the research field ‘Data, actors, infrastructures: The Governance of data-driven innovation and cyber security.’
Her PhD thesis investigates the concept of algorithmic information distribution and its effect on democratic will-building processes. She answers the question whether the current algorithmic information distribution in the digital public sphere is still in accordance with the constitutional framework of the Swiss Democracy.
She has a strong interest in new technologies shaping our society and the protection of human agency as it is a driver for innovation and societal progress. Information asymmetries, invisible profiling, filter bubbles and for instance recent development in ambient intelligence are being considered a threat to individual autonomy. The protection of individual self-determination is crucial for the collective development and democratic debates, as most societal progress derives from the private sphere. As legal instruments that protect individual agency such as informational self-determination, autonomy over information selection and the right to be forgotten find limited protection in the digital era, also the collective autonomy is affected. Her thesis aims at analysing how the requirements for a sustainable democratic debate can be fostered in the digital sphere. She has purposely grounded her thesis in a democracy where citizen have a historically a higher political responsibility and thus the role of a citizen in contrast to the role as a consumer has a long-standing tradition.
She is particularly interested in questions related to Global Governance and the obstacles within democratic debates on questions that affect the global as a whole. As her next research project she would like to analyse what we can learn from the direct-democratic system of Switzerland for a best practice of Global Governance aligning with fundamental values such as agency, inclusion and equality.
Natalie Pompe holds two Master’s degrees in law, one from the University of Zurich and one from King’s College London. Last year she has worked on research projects at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard Law School within the field of artificial intelligence and automated processes in judiciary, global governance questions in the regulation of AI and the evolving role of law in the digital era. Her fellowship at the HIIG is funded by the Swiss National Fund Doc.Mobility.
Fellow: Data, actors, infrastructures