Expert on big data, cyber security and how digital innovation is set to transform business, politics and society
Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University
Best-selling co-author, "Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think" (2013)
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy.
In 1986, he founded Ikarus Software and developed Virus Utilities, one of the best-selling software products in Austria. He subsequently went on to earn law degrees at the University of Salzburg and at Harvard Law School. In 1992 he received an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics, before moving on to spend ten years on the faculty of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
He has published eight books, including the award-winning “Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” (Princeton University Press, 2011), and best-selling “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think” (HMH, 2013). The latter was short-listed for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.
He is also on the boards of foundations, think tanks and organisations focused on studying the foundations of the information economy, and advises governments, businesses and NGOs on new economy and information society issues. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person-of-the-Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000.
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