Severin Engelmann

Severin Engelmann started his PhD at the Chair of Cyber Trust in 2018.

Previously, he studied Life Sciences & Philosophy at University College Utrecht (Netherlands). Afterwards, he pursued a Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Technology and a Postgraduate Degree in Computer Sciences at TUM. During his studies, he worked for several digital marketing companies. His research focuses on the normative dimensions of user modeling in the context of the Chinese Social Credit System and social media's people-based marketing techniques. He also works on alternative forms of governance for social media platforms.

Publications

  1. Engelmann, S., & Grossklags, J. (2019) Setting the Stage: Towards Principles for Reasonable Image Inferences. Workshop on Fairness in User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (FairUMAP), 27th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization (UMAP). Author Version Free Access (ACM Authorizer)
  2. Engelmann, S., Chen, M., Fischer, F., & Kao, C. & Grossklags, J. (2019) Clear Sanctions, Vague Rewards: How China's Social Credit System Currently Defines “Good” and “Bad” Behavior. Proceedings of the 2nd ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*), Atlanta, Georgia, January 2019. Acceptance rate = 24.1%. Author Version Free Access (ACM Authorizer)
  3. Engelmann, S., Grossklags, J., & Papakyriakopoulos, O. (2018) A Democracy called Facebook? Participation as a Privacy Strategy on Social Media. Proceedings of the Annual Privacy Forum 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Sciences (Springer). Full paper. Author Version Publisher Version

 

 

Conference Talks

2018

  1. On Notions of Good and Bad in the Chinese Social Credit System at Forum Privatheit, Munich.
  2. On Facebook's Power to Generate Data Narratives at Amsterdam Privacy Conference, Amsterdam.
  3. On Pitfalls of Social Media Democracy at Amsterdam Privacy Conference, Amsterdam.
  4. On Facebook Democracy? at Annual Privacy Forum, Barcelona.

Media

"What would it take to turn Facebook into a democracy?". Blog entry for blog Justice Everywhere together with Prof. Lisa Herzog. (March 4, 2019)

"China's Social Credit System won't tell you what's right". TechCrunch reports on our paper "Clear Sanctions, Vague Rewards: How China's Social Credit System Currently Defines "Good" and "Bad" Behavior. (January 28, 2019)

Awards

Weizenbaum Student Prize 2018 (October 2018). Awarded for his Master Thesis on Facebook's capacity to generate data narratives. 

 

 

Teaching

Seminars

  • The Value of Privacy
  • Trust in Automated Decision-Making
  • Transparency of Algorithmic Systems

Lecture

  • IT and Society

 

 

Contact

Email: severin.engelmann@tum.de

Phone: +49 (89) 289 - 17746

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeverinEngelma1