Förderjahr 2019 / Project Call #14 / ProjektID: 4625 / Projekt: RESPECTeD
In the RESPECTeD project, we are developing an interdisciplinary, human-centric & enforceable solution which provides a standard mechanism for the communication of end-users’ online privacy and consent decisions with the online service providers, combined by a set of socio-technical and socio-cognitive means (including experts’ supports) that will enable end-users (i.e. humans) to manage and express their online privacy-related decisions, not only in a human-centric manner but also in a legally enforceable way that shifts the current practice of consent-obtaining on the Internet from a “data-controller-centric” approach to a “data-subject-centric” one, in line with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other related regulations and standards.
Unlike previous failed mono-disciplinary attempts—such as the W3C DNT (Do Not Track)—we will empower the end-users to execute and exercise their fundamental digital rights using 1) principles and actions under the GDPR and other related legal frameworks, 2) technical mechanisms based on the already existing Internet infrastructure and protocols, and 3) socio-legal approaches developed on the state-of-the-art research on humans’ privacy-related online decision making.
Considering the potential negative societal, economical, and personal consequences of the invasion of digital privacy—which have become even more important in the age of online “remote-working” and “home-office” caused by Coronavirus pandemic— and the need for novel approaches that are 1) “human-centric”, 2) “legally enforceable”, 3) easy to adopt by both users and SMES, the results of this project will not only empower the heterogeneous end-users to “finally” be able to execute their fundamental digital rights in a user-friendly, easy-to-use, and enforceable manner, but also will support our “even-more online” society to be (and remain) inclusive, fair, sustainable, and democratic.
Prior to his current position at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Soheil conducted research and managed multidisciplinary projects in several universities and institutes, including Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Austrian Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), Research Studios Austria (RSA), etc. Besides his academic career, he has been coaching and consulting more than 40 start-ups and corporations. Moreover, he has been involved in diverse projects run by national and international NGOs or agencies, such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Soheil is engaged in a broad portfolio of research aiming to empower humans and develop sustainable solutions in the digital economy. In his projects, he conducts multidisciplinary research on human needs & values, digital privacy, human-centric information systems and algorithmic accountability. Soheil Human applies a wide range of theories and methods from Philosophy, Cognitive & Information Economics, Conceptual & Computational Cognitive Modelling, Artificial Intelligence, and Semantic Web in his research. His other research interests involve digital rights, pluralism & epistemic disagreements, predictive processing, and socio-technical imaginaries.