Dr. Mercedes Bunz is a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster, London, where she ponders questions regarding technology and teaches digital media and journalism. She studied philosophy and art history at the Free University of Berlin and received her PhD on the history of the Internet at the Bauhaus-University Weimar supervised by Joseph Vogel. 2009 she moved to London to work for The Guardian as its technology reporter. Before, she has been co-founder and editor of DEBUG – magazine for electronic aspects of life, editor in chief of the Berlin magazine zitty, and the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel online. Her last book is The Silent Revolution: How Digitalization Transforms Knowledge, Work, Journalism and Politics without Making Too Much Noise (Suhrkamp 2012, Palgrave Macmillan 2014).
Marcus Burkhardt is a senior researcher at the Munich Center for Technology in Society at Technichal University of Munich where he researches the impact of digital technologies on our cultures. His academic background is in media studies, philosophy and computer science. He conducted his Ph.D. in the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at Justus Liebig-University Giessen on the media history and theory of digital databases. Beside his current work on the future of scholarly publishing in the humanities his research focuses on the transformations of knowledge in the age of Big Data and on algorithmic environments. His research areas and interests comprise History and Theory of Digital Media, especially Logi(sti)cs of Database Technologies, Big Data, and Algorithmic Environments; Media of Knowledge Production and Dissemination; Media Philosophy; Media Theory.
Andreas Kirchner is a research associate at ceres, the Cologne Center for Ethics, Rights, Economics, and Social Sciences of Health at the University of Cologne. He studied media studies, literary studies, political science, and sociology in Mainz and Marburg. In 2008, he was DAAD fellow at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen. As cofounder of the Büchner press he is active in developing new publishing models and formats for the humanities and social sciences since 2008. He is coeditor of the series “Marburger Kameragespräche” and member of the editorial board of the “Yearbook of Moving Image Studies” (YoMIS). Currently, he is doing his PhD on visual conceptions of Lars von Trier’s cinema.