M.A. Nikolaus Pöchhacker

PhD Candidate

Digital Media

Nikolaus Pöchhacker worked as an IT professional from 2005 to 2010. He studied Sociology (BA), Computer Science (EC), and Science and Technology Studies (MA) at the University of Vienna. From 2013 to 2016 he was a research assistant at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, where he was involved in several Projects on RRI. Since 2016 he is a PhD student in the Digital/Media/Lab at MCTS, Technical University of Munich, where he is researching the relationship between social order and algorithmic systems in various domains, bringing together perspectives from Media Theory, STS, and Sociology. Additionally he is working on inventive/digital methods in the field of STS.

  • Social Order & Algorithmic Governance
  • STS & Legal Studies
  • Information Infrastructures
  • Big Data & Algorithms as Socio-Technical Configurations
  • Social Theory, esp. Actor-Network Theory
  • Methods of Science and Technology Studies
  • Algorithmic Risk Assessment als Medium des Rechts. Medientechnische Entwicklung und Institutionelle Verschiebungen aus Sicht einer Techniksoziologie des Rechts. Müller, P. & Pöchhacker, N. (2019) In: Special Issue “Techniksoziologie” der Österreichischen Zeitschrift für Soziologie
  • Algorithmische Vorschlagsysteme und der Programmauftrag: Zwischen Datenwissenschaft, journalistischem Anspruch und demokratiepolitischer Aufgabe. Pöchhacker, N., Burkhardt, M., Geipel, A., Passoth, J. (2018). In: Resa Mohabbat Kar, Basanta Thapa, Peter Parycek (Hrsg.): (Un)berechenbar? Algorithmen und Automatisierung in Staat und Gesellschaft. Berlin: Kompetenzzentrum Öffentliche IT. Download
  • Interventionen in die Produktion algorithmischer Öffentlichkeiten: Recommender Systeme als Herausforderung für öffentlich-rechtliche Sendeanstalten. Pöchhacker, N., Burkhardt, M., Geipel, A., Passoth, J. (2017). In: Jan-Hinrik Schmidt, Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda, Christian Stegbauer und Nils Zurawski (Hrsg.): Algorithmen, Kommunikation und Gesellschaft. Sonderausgabe von kommunikation@gesellschaft. Download

→ Current Course Offerings

  • Coding Society. Workshop on qualitative research methodology and computer-supported qualitative analysis, WS 2018, Workshop at the Data Science Institute, Lancaster University, 12 November 2018
  • This Ain’t No Knowledge Society. Revisiting Theories of Classical/Post/Late Modernity in Digitized Societies, SS 2018, Seminar at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University of Munich, Syllabus
  • Technology and Security in Society: Contemporary Risks and Challenges WS 2017, Seminar at the School of Management, Technical University of Munich
  • Evaluating Recommender Systems for Public Broadcasters SS 2017, IDP at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University of Munich
  • Coding Society – Introduction to computer assisted qualitative analysis with ATLAS.ti WS 2016, Workshop at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, 28 January 2017 Presentation
  • Data/Science/Society: The Power of Algorithms WS 2016, Seminar at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University of Munich Read More
  • Introduction to ATLAS.ti Workshop at the Department of Science and Technology Studies, University of Vienna, 2 May 201
  • Die Gestaltung verantwortlicher Algorithmen als interdisziplinäre Aufgabe am Beispiel eines öffentlich-rechtlichen Recommender Systems, Pöchhacker, Nikolaus (2019), Presentation at the Symposium Medienethik 2019 “Algorithmen statt Ethik?”, 7 March, FH St. Pölten
  • Legal Codes: algorithms in legal systems, legal positivism and some STS sensibilities, Pöchhacker, Nikolaus (2019), Presentation at the Joint DFG-NSF Workshop “Technoscientific Constitutionalism. Exploring the Intersections of Science, Technology and Constitutional Order”, 7-9 February, Washington DC
  • Structures that Count. Von der Macht der Algorithmen hin zur Betrachtung algorithmischer Gesellschaften, Pöchhacker, Nikolaus (2018), Presentation at the annual meeting of GWTF, 15 November 2018, Technische Universität Berlin
  • Organising Algorithms. An institutional perspective on digitized societies, Pöchhacker, Nikolaus (2018), Presentation at the Data science Institute, 9 November 2018, Lancaster University
  • Learning in the wild: on the problem of adaptivity in machine learning, Pöchhacker, Nikolaus & Marcus Burkhardt (2018), Presentation at the EASST Conference 2018, 25-28 June 2018, Lancaster University
  • Liquid Law and democratic AI. Process regulation and the governance of machine learning by institutions – a sociological reflection, Pöchhacker, Nikolaus & Jan-Hendrik Passoth (2018), Presentation at the Workshop “Legal Foundations in Times of Deep Learning and Systemic Digitization”, 03-06 April 2018, Villa Vigoni (German-Italian Centre for European Excellence)
  • Software on Trial. Risk Assessment Software in der Gerichtlichen Praxis, Pöchhacker, Nikolaus & Peter Müller (2017), Presentation at the Austrian Sociology Congress 2017, 7-9 December 2017, University of Gr
  • Performance Scholarship, University of Vienna Wien (2015 & 2016)