My name is Florian Cech and I’m a Researcher and PhD candidate specializing in Critical Algorithm Studies

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Recent Publications

As of 2020, the Public Employment Service Austria (AMS) makes use of algorithmic profiling of job seekers to increase the efficiency of its counseling process and the effectiveness of active labor market programs. We analyze the system and its impact on job seekers.

Many of the ubiquitous algorithmic systems permeating society have come under scrutiny due to their lack of accountability. In my dissertation, I explore the role of algorithmic tranparency, algorithmic literacy and related issues as approaches towards holding algorithmic systems more accountable.

We present a case study on eco-feedback tools in the context of Vienna’s Aspern Seestadt. Utilizing an action-research based methodology, we engage the local community in cooperation with the aspern.mobil LAB to co-design a digital interactive tool visualizing the participants’ personal CO2-footprint.

The effects of the ongoing Digital Transformation of society are far-reaching and subject to a multitude of impact factors. We propose a research framework covering four dimensions of the Digital Transformation and conduct an exploratory Online Real-Time Delphi study with international experts from a diverse field of academic contexts and disciplines.

In an academic field as diverse as Social Informatics, identifying current and emergent topics presents a significant challenge to individuals and institutions alike. This work proposes an interdisciplinary approach to assign keywords to research institutions and quantitatively explore them by building interactive co-occurrence and research focus parallelship networks.

This paper is about discussing infrastructures as enablers of users’ sense making. Infrastructures facilitate process-oriented, interactive and socially sense making in case of complex problem settings like care giving.

Experience

Current and previous associations

Vienna University of Technology

University Assistant, PhD Candidate

Sep 2016 – Present Vienna, Austria
Taught seminars on Critical Algorithm Studies, performed independent research and worked to create the Centre for Informatics and Society (C!S)

WIENFLUSS

Senior Backend Developer

Jan 2013 – Present Vienna, Austria

Responsibilities include:

  • Python Backend Development
  • Conceptualization, Modelling, Scientific Computing
  • SysOps & DevOps
  • Security & Performance

Accomplish­ments

Associations

Proceedings Chair

Responsible for prepartion and editing of ACM-published C&T 2021 Proceeedings.

Summer School 2019 on Computer Supported Cooperative Work: Foundations, Methods and Technologies

Participated in the EUSSET 2019 Summer School on CSCW.

Visiting Scholar 2019

Visiting scholar for algorithmic accountability.

Proceedings Chair

Responsible for prepartion and editing of ACM-published C&T 2019 Proceeedings.

Workshop Co-Chair

Co-Chaired the Accountable Information Systems Workshop

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