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"Days" and discussion topics at HDM in the summer term 2015

Participants of the courses "Aktuelle Themen Internet" are organizing so called "days" with a special focus on new and upcoming topics in computer science and society. The idea behind those events is to get students to think about possible trends and important future technologies by planning a workshop or an event. Bsides the theoretical work the organization of such an event (approaching and inviting key representatives of a new technology) trains soft skills. The necessary media coverage (providing a live stream, chat, moderation etc.) leads to a media competence which is a requirement in todays workplace.

The themes for those workshops and events will be decided by the participants, work is done in groups. The following list gives some ideas for events or discussion topics.

  1. Disruptive Technology and the Christensen book (did not want to do this repeatedly but had to learn otherwise) This is mandadorty reading, because the concept of disruptive technology is so fundamental to this course.

  2. We did a thing on Bitcoins last summer: how do they work? And some bits on fiat-money. money laundering: good video: This gave me the idea to take a closer look at darknets in general.

  3. Http2.0 - what's new in this protocol. How is it going to affect us?

  4. I am close to thirty years old - and I don't understand the Internet anymore. Current developments in a strange land...

  5. Welcome to the matrix - the internet of things is about to become real - or?.

  6. Scalability, performance and costs of running large scale internet sites: does it make sense to move away from Amazons cloud? What is feedback control and how does Netflix handle it? The slides from Uwe Friedrichsen, How Github concquered everybody (network effects etc.) and of course: microservices: and an exciting distributed search architecture with dist. consensus and anycast DNS:

  7. Marketing in internet times: 30 Billion ads per day!

  8. Love in the Internet Age: the user experience with online dating algorithms and sites.

  9. Cyborgs - from smartphone to wearable to implants: Internet driven enhancements to humanity. Let's develop a vision on google glasses, embedded sensors and actors and a new definition of where your body ends...

  10. Privacy - a concept left only for the rich? Internet driven services like uber are revolutionizing society and breaking old legal and political settings. Lannier puts up a radical concept of ownership of your data and how to get re-embursed by internet sites.,1472406,29482580.html

  11. Net Neutrality and attacks on the internet Irrtümer in Sachen Netzneutralität Netzpolitik «Eine Verfassung für das Internet»

  12. The End of the Internet: Hannes Grassegger , Das Ende des Internets Staaten steigen aus dem Web aus Leaks, Wikileaks, Türkei etc.

  13. Decentralized solutions - no longer viable? Soller paper, diaspora, distributed search, mail, news etc.

  14. Crowds and Crowd-Funding

  15. Getting rid of information: Snapchat etc.

  16. Creating your own android: Neither Microsoft, Nokia, nor anyone else should fork Android. It’s unforkable.

  17. The new digital age: Eric Schmitt on the new world. Reputation, Identity,

  18. Darknets and Anonymity:

  19. Router Attacks:

  20. Internet Resilience: ENISA Study

  21. Bandwidth problems in Germany

  22. Neuroscience and Computer Science: I think, therefore I heal: the weird science of neurofeedback

  23. Inhouse-Navigation, Apple I-Bacon, Android

  24. Eli Pariser, the filter bubble (and perhaps the price bubble..)

  25. The Master Switch - Rise and Fall of Information Empires, Tim Wu

  26. Campact und Co.: Demokratie durchs Internet - ein Erfolgsmodell?

  27. Internet Payment:

  28. Mesh Networks, open WLAN and

  29. Ad-fraud/click fraud detection in mobile apps:

  30. Dave Eggers, the circle: The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award.


Here are the dates for our days and special guests.

  1. 25.3.2015, Special feature on streaming technologies and video conferences. Marc Walter will present his thesis work on a WebRTC based Video Conferencing System with Media Server. Patrick Bader will join us with an idea to use Kinect for better tracking of live events. And I will present some current and unfinished work on live input from smartphones and how to connect them to our streaming server. We will also discuss the future of university courses and the role streaming technologies are going to play.

  2. 10.4.2015, Language Day with a focus on current developments in various computer languages. Years ago it looked like there was no development in computer languages at all. We had c++ and java (c#) and what else would somebody need?. And then new languages popped up almost on a weekly base. Old technologies like the functional thinking got rediscovered and integrated into all kinds of languages (even Java!). Object orientation lost its top position and became a programming paradigm like many others. And now we see different paradigms being integrated in languages. Javascript turned into an extremely popular language and seems to revolutionize secure software with Secure Ecmascript and the concept of object capabilities. C# does an excellent integration of asynchronous calls through the concept of await/async. Java integrated collection pipelines and higher order functions. And GO seems to be an exciting concept altoghether. So, let's spend a Friday afternoon with a look on all those new features and developments.

  3. 8.5.2015, Data Protection Day. Organized by my colleague Prof. Dirk Heuzeroth and friends, this Day will have its focus on data privacy and protection.

  4. 12.6.2014, Games Day. I have no idea about the contents yet. Cloud gaming? New game play?

  5. 19.6.2015, 2nd Accessibility Day with Prof. Gottfried Zimmermann.

  6. 26.6.2015, Science Day, organized by Andy Stiegler.

Organizational Stuff

Please watch this page closeley for changes in dates or topics. Most speakers work in the industry and sometimes need a change in schedule due to that fact.