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Dr.-Ing., Dipl.-Wirt.Ing.

Michael Friedewald

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research


Breslauer Straße 48
D-76139 Karlsruhe

Telephone: +49 (721) 6809-146
Fax: +49 (721) 6809-151
Mobile: +49 (151) 12 112 031

Positions held

Head of Research Unit: Since March 2009 I am head of the ICT research unit within the competence center „‘Emerging Technologies“’ at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe, Germany.

Project Manager: Since June 1999 I am a scientist and consultant for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Innovation Research and Technology Assess- ment at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), Karlsruhe, Germany.

Teaching and Pre-doctoral Research Fellow: From December 1994 through January 1999 I have been Teaching and Pre-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for History of Technology, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Assistent Researcher: From July 1992 through December 1994 I have been an Assistent Researcher at the Institute for Technical Informatics and Man-Machine Systems, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Education and Training

Ph.D. degree: Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering (Doktor-Ingenieur, ISCED Level 6) (summa cum laude), RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 29 January 1999.
The thesis Der Computer als Werkzeug und Medium: Die geistigen und technischen Wurzeln des Personal Computers (The Computer als Tool and Medium: The Intellectual and Technical Roots of Personal Computing) was written under the supervision of Prof. Dr. phil. Walter Kaiser and Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Friedel Hoßfeld.

M.Sc. degree: Master of Business and Engineering (Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur , ISCED Level 5A) (gut), RWTH Aachen University, Germany,13 April 1995.
The thesis Wachstums- und Beschäftigungswirkungen der Informationstechnik: Europäische und US-amerikanische Technologieförderung im Vergleich (Growth and Employment Effects of Information Technology: A Comparison of European and American Technology Funding) was written under the supervision of Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Karl Georg Zinn.

M.Sc. degree: Master of Electrical Engineering (Diplom-Ingenieur, ISCED Level 5A) (gut), RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 21 April 1992.
The thesis Die ”Tönenden Funken”: Geschichte eines frühen drahtlosen Kommunikationssystems, 1905 – 1914 (The ”Singing Spark”: An Early Wireless Communica- tion System, 1905–1914) was written under the supervision of Prof. Dr. phil. Walter Kaiser and Dr. rer. nat. Jörg Meya.

Secondary School: Allgemeine Hochschulreife (Abitur, ISCED Level 3A), Carl-Duisberg- Gymnasium, Wuppertal, Germany, 29 May 29 1985.


Surveillance Studies Publikationspreis 2015, awarded by Research Network for the article „Neurodata and Neuroprivacy: Data Protection Outdated?“, 30 January 2015.

Borchers-Plakette, awarded by RWTH Aachen University for an outstanding disserta- tion, 30 June 2000.

Rudolf-Kellermann-Preis, awarded by the German Society of Engineers (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure, VDI) for the best German Ph.D. thesis in the history of technology, 26 September 1999.


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⇒ Book Chapters

⇒ Conference Papers

⇒ Research Reports

Professional Activities

Expert groups

  • 2013 – 2017: COST Action IC1206, De-identification for privacy protection in multimedia content
  • 2010 – 2013: Expert group for identifying emerging and future risks posed by new ICTs, European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)
  • 2010 -2012:Expert Group on the Internet of Things, European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society and Media
  • 2010 – 2011: Expert group on High-tech SMEs in high-risk multidisciplinary ICT research, KMU Forschung Austria, commissioned by European Commission, DG In- formation Society and Media
  • 2009 – 2013: COST Action IS0807, Living in Surveillance Societies (LiSS)

Journal editor and reviewer

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Telematics and Informatics (Elsevier), since 2013
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence (IGI Global), since 2008
  • Guest Editor, Science and Public Policy, Thematic Issue on ’Privacy and Emerging Sciences and Technologies’, 2013
  • GuestEditor,  Computer Law and Security Review, Thematic Issue on ’Emergent technologies and the transformations of privacy and data protection’, 2013
  • Guest Editor, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences, Thematic Issue on ’Privacy and Technology’, 2012
  • Reviewer for Telematics and Informatics, Science and Public Policy, Foresight: The Journal of Future Studies, Strategic Thinking and Policy, Ethics and Information Technology, International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, Management Research News, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Research Policy, Technology & Culture, Zeitschrift für Unternehmensgeschichte

Project reviewer

  • Reviewer for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), call for proposals on „social dimensions of security research“ (2009ff.)

Conference organizer, program committee member

  • General conference chair for the PRESCIENT final conference „‘Privacy and Emerging Sciences and Technoplogies“’, 27-28 November 2012, Berlin
  • Conference co-chair for the  interdisciplinary conference of the Privacy Forum „The Future of Informational Self Determination“, 26-27 November 2015, Berlin
  • Member of the Scientific Committee and co-organizer for the International Computer, Privacy, and Data Protection Conferences, Brussels, Belgium (2009ff.)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the IFIP Summer Schools on Privacy and Identity Management (2011ff).
  • Organiser of the workshop „‘Privacy in the Internet World“’, part of the PACITA Conference 13–15 March 2013, Prague
  • Organiser of the workshop „‘Privacy in the Internet World“’, part of the PACITA Conference 25-27 February 2015, Berlin
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the IADIS International Conference „‘ICT, Society and Human Beings“’, part of the IADIS Multiconference on Computer Sci- ence and Information Systems (2009-11)
  • Member of the Program Committee for the International Workshop on Model-Driven User-Centric Design & Engineering at the IFAC/IFIP/IFORS/IEA Symposium on Analysis, Design, and Evaluation of Human-Machine Systems (2007-10)
  • Member of the Program Committee for the workshop „‘Mit Leben rechnen. Zur Geschichte des Wissenstransfers zwischen Computer- und Biowissenschaften“’, part of the 39rd annual conference of Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI), 28. September – 02. Oktober 2010, Lübeck.
  • Member of the Program Committee for the Workshop on „‘Privacy in Ubiquitous Computing“’, part of the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, 16-19 September 2007, Innsbruck, Austria.
  • Member of the Program Committee for the workshop „‘Architekturen der digitalen Weltbibliothek aus historischer und aktueller Perspektive“’, part of the 27rd annual conference of Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI), 24. – 28. September 2007, Bremen.

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Computer Society, Society on Social Implications of Technology, since 1994
  • German Computer Society (Gesellschaft für Informatik, GI), since 1999
    • From 1999 until 2015 I was member of the board of speakers of the GI professional group for history of computing (Informatik- und Computergeschichte).
  • Society for Social Studies of Science, since 2005
  • Society for History of Technology (SHOT), since 1995
  • German Society for History of Technology (Gesellschaft für Technikgeschichte, GTG), since 1999



  •  At the University of Stuttgart
    • Seminar course „‘History of Modern Information Technology“’ (SS 2004)
    • Seminar course „‘Victorian Internet and Multimedia – Communication Technologies in the 19th Century“’ (SS 2005)
  • At RWTH Aachen University
    • Seminar course ”Technology and Economical Development after 1945” (in collaboration with Kai Handel, SS 1998)
    • Seminar course ”The computer Zoo: On the History of Computer Architecture”(in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Ir. Boudewijn Haverkort, Department of Computer Sci- ence, WS 1997/98)
    • Seminar course ”Gutenberg and Cyberspace: On the History of ‘New Media’ ” (in collaboration with Jürgen Lang, SS 1994)
    • Laboratory course  „Multimedia Technology and Systems“ (1992–1994)
    • Contributions to lectures on the history of technology in the industrial age (1994–1999), tutorial course
    • Contributions to lectures on the interaction of science and technology in history (1995–1999), tutorial course
    • Contributions to lectures on Man-Machine Systems (1992-1994), tutorial course

Masters theses directed

At the Technical University Aachen and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, I have been advising a number of students (in computer science as well as in electrical engineering) with their Master’s theses:

  • Nanoelektronische Bauelemente: Bewertung aktueller Forschungsansätze und Fertigungsverfahren (2002, Fraunhofer ISI & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  •  Standardisierung in der Computerkommunikation: Vom ARPANET zum Internet (1998, RWTH Aachen University).
  • Entwicklung von Time-Sharing Betriebssystemen, insbesondere am Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1997, RWTH Aachen University)
  • Die Entwicklung der Glasfaser: Reaktion auf Stagnationserscheinungen in der Telekommunikation um 1960 (1997, RWTH Aachen University)
  • Visualisierung ausgedehnter Netzstrukturen: Interaktive Fisheye-Views zur Navigation (1995, RWTH Aachen University)
  • Möglichkeiten des Einsatzes von Multimedia-Techniken für Prozeßleitaufgaben in der chemischen Industrie (1994, RWTH Aachen University)

Ph.D. theses directed

  • Philip Schütz: Data Protection Authorities in Comparative Perspective Effective Regulator or Paper Tiger? (@Universität Göttingen)
  • Dara Hallinan: „Can European Data Protection Law Function as a Framework for the Reconciliation of Privacy and Research Interests in the Processing of Genetic Data in Biobanks?“ (@Vrije Universiteit Brussels)
  • Murat Karaboga: „Europäische Datenschutzpolitik: Analyse der Kämpfe um die Datenschutz-Grundverordnung und die Privacy- Überzeugungen der beteiligten Advocacy-Koalitionen“ (@Universität Frankfurt)