International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)

Andreas Baur

Society, Culture and Technological Change

Andreas Baur is research associate at the research area and conducts research at the interface between information and security technologies and society. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics and an MA in Peace Resarch/International Politics. Andreas pursues a PhD on the politics of the cloud at the University of Amsterdam.

Areas of Expertise

  • Critical Security Studies
  • Cloud computing
  • Cyber security
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Science and Technology Studies


  • Studies
    • B.A. in Political Science and Economics, University of Tübingen/Universidad de Guadalajara
    • M.A. in Peace Research and International Politics, University of Tübingen
    • awarded a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation)
  • since 2015 research associate at the research area “Society, Culture and Technological Change” of the Ethics Centre
  • external PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam. Supervisor: Prof Dr Marieke de Goede and Prof Dr Thomas Poell


  • Baur, Andreas (2020) ‘Dezentrale Tracing-Apps: Der einzig gangbare Weg – und trotzdem kein Allheilmittel’, BedenkZeiten as well as Corona-Tracing.
  • Baur, Andreas (2020) ‘Corona und die Bedeutung von Cloud-Infrastrukturen’, digilog@bw.
  • Büscher, Monika, […], Andreas Baur et al. (2018) ‘The IsITethical? Exchange: Responsible Research and Innovation for Disaster Risk Management’, in: Kees Boersma and Brian Tomaszewski (eds) Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, Rochester: ISCRAM, 254–267.
  • Baur-Ahrens, Andreas, Thilo Hagendorff and Maria Pawelec (2017) ‘Kryptografie’ and ‘Big Data’, in: Joel Baumann and Jörn Lamla (eds) Privacy Arena: Kontroversen um Privatheit im digitalen Zeitalter, Kassel: kassel university press, 44–57, 97–116. doi:10.19211/KUP9783737603072
  • Baur-Ahrens, Andreas (2017) ‘Schaut in die Cloud – Ein Plädoyer für eine eingehendere ethisch/politische Beschäftigung mit der Cloud’, in: Cordula Brand, Jessica Heesen, Birgit Kröber, Uta Müller and Thomas Potthast (eds) Ethik in den Kulturen – Kulturen in der Ethik. Eine Festschrift für Regina Ammicht Quinn, Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto, 327–333.
  • Baur-Ahrens, Andreas (2017) ‘The power of cyberspace centralisation: analysing the example of data territorialisation’, in: Matthias Leese and Stef Wittendorp (eds) Security/Mobility. Politics of Movement, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 37–56.
  • Baur-Ahrens, Andreas (2016) ‘Cyberwar’, in: Jessica Heesen (ed.) Handbuch Informations- und Medienethik, Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 261–68. doi:10.1007/978-3-476-05394-7_35
  • Baur-Ahrens, Andreas et al. (2016) ‘Smart Technologies – Workshop on Challenges and Trends for Privacy in a Hyper-connected World’, in: David Aspinall et al. (eds) Privacy and Identity Management. Time for a Revolution?, IFIP AICT 476, Cham: Springer, 111–28.
  • Baur-Ahrens, Andreas (2016) ‘„Cyberwar“ – Ein zentrales Problem der Sicherheitsdebatte?’, Deutschland & Europa 71, 58–62.
  • Baur-Ahrens, Andreas, Jessica Heesen, Tobias Matzner (2016) ‘Was auf uns zukommt: Prävention im IT-Kontext’, in: Regina Ammicht Quinn Prävention und Freiheit. Zur Notwendigkeit eines Ethik-Diskurses. Advisory opinion for the 21st German Congress on Crime Prevention, 6/7 June 2016, Magdeburg, 113–25.
  • Baur-Ahrens, Andreas, Marco Krüger, Regina Ammicht Quinn, Matthias Leese and Tobias Matzner (2015) How Smart Is “Smart Security”? Exploring Data Subjectivity and Resistance. Final Report. Tübingen: IZEW. doi:10.15496/publikation-8318.

Talks and presentations

  • ‘Imagined secure European cloud futures’, Making Europe through Infrastructures of In/Security, Vienna (online), 12/13 Nov. 2020.
  • ‘Imagined secure European cloud futures’, 7th European Workshops in International Studies, Brussels (online), 2 July 2020.
  • Organisation of the workshop on Feminist Data Protection, part of the Forum Privacy, Berlin, 20 November 2019, together with R. Ammicht Quinn, F. Bieker, G. González Fuster, M. Hansen und J. Theilen.
  • ‘Social Impacts of Tackling IT Security Issues through the Cloud’ und ‘How to make sense of the cloud?’, EISA 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Sofia, 10/13 September 2019.
  • ‘The Cloud as a Way to a More Secure Internet – and its Social Effects’, 6th European Workshops in International Studies, Kraków, 27 June 2019.
  • ‘The Power of the Cloud at the Horizon of ICT Infrastructures’, ISA’s 60th Annual Convention 2018, Toronto, 27 March 2019.
  • ‘Sky full of clouds. Cloud computing and its future political impact’, EISA 12th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Prague, 13 September 2018.
  • ‘The cloud at the horizon of ICT infrastrucutures’, EISA Early Career Researchers Workshop: Exploring IR through Infrastructure, Prague, 11 September 2018.
  • Invited speaker, Summer School of the Cusanuswerk on Cyber war's. Sicherheit in einer digitalisierten Welt (Security in a digitalised world), Regenstauf, 14 August 2018.
  • ‘The cloud at the horizon of the internet infrastructure’, EASST2018 Conference, Lancaster, 26 July 2018.
  • Invited speaker, Nuremberg Dialogue on Technology on Herausforderung: Sicherheit im Cyberspace (the challenge to secure cyberspace), Nuremberg, 21 June 2018.
  • ‘What does the cloud do to security?’, ISA’s 59th Annual Convention 2018, San Francisco, 7 April 2018.
  • ‘What does the cloud do to security?’, 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations 2017, Barcelona, 15 September 2017.
  • ‘Ethical, Legal and Social Issues within the SECTOR project’, Information Infrastructuring for Disaster Risk Management: Addressing Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (ELSI) in Information Sharing. Side-event of the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) 2017, Brussels, 26 February 2017.
  • Invited speaker (together with Marco Krüger), Specialist conference on Luftsicherheitskontrolltechnik – Technologie und Ausrüstung für die Sicherheit im zivilen Luftverkehr (Aviation security technology – technology and equipment keeping civil air transport secure) organised by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Leipzig, 9 June 2016.
  • ‘Smart Security an Flughäfen. Smart für wen?’ (together with Marco Krüger), Smart New World – Was ist „smart“ an smarten Technologien? Internationale Konferenz TA16, Vienna, 30 May 2016.
  • ‘Smart security at airports. Smart for whom?’, 7th Biannual Surveillance & Society Conference, Barcelona, 20–23 April 2016.
  • ‘Smart security at airports – smart for whom?’ (together with Marco Krüger), 3rd European Workshops in International Studies, Tübingen, 6–8 April 2016.
  • ‘The Power of Cyberspace Centralisation’, 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations, Giardini Naxos, 23–26 September 2015.
  • ‘An Ethical Perspective on the Power of Smart Devices’, Smart Technologies – Workshop on Challenges and Trends for Privacy in a Hyper-connected World, IFIP Summer School 2015, Edinburgh, 16–21 August 2015.
  • ‘Centrality, De-Centrality and Internet Security’, Workshop: Security/Mobility: Between Imagination and Authority, Amsterdam, 25–26 September 2014.

Interviews and media appearances

  • ‘Was steckt hinter der Cloud? Corona und die Bedeutung von Cloud-Infrastrukturen’ (‘What's behind the cloud? Covid-19 and the importance of cloud infrastructures’, digiloglounge, YouTube interview with Sabine Faller, ZKM, 17 September 2020.
  • ‘Warum wir keinen Cyberwar erleben werden’ (‘Why we won't experience a cyber war’), interview with the podcast SWR Aktuell Netzagent, 16 August 2019.
  • ‘Smart Data and Smart Cities’, interview with students of the Berufliche Gymnasium St. Klara, Rottenburg, as part of the Ethics Forum on ‘Big Data – Herrschaft der Algorithmen?’ (‘Big Data – Authority of Algorithms?’), 16 January 2019.
  • ‘Kunst und Wissenschaft forschen gemeinsam zu Privatheit’ (‘Arts and science work together in a research project on privacy’), article on, 3 July 2017.
  • ‘Digitale Schlachten’ (‘Digital battles’), interview as part of a radio broadcast of, 15 May 2017.
  • ‘Smarte Welten im Kapitalismus 2.0’ (‘Smart worlds and capitalism 2.0’, with Marco Krüger et al.), interview as part of a radio broadcast of Deutschlandfunk, 7 October 2016.
  • ‘Smart City – Stadt der Zukunft’ (‘Smart city – city of the future’, with Marco Krüger et al.), interview as part of the radio broadcast Salzburger Nachtstudio, Ö1, 21 September 2016’.
  • ‘Der Flughafen ist ein symbolischer Ort’ (‘The airport is a symbolic place’, interview with the public service broadcaster SWR, together with Matthias Leese), SWR Landesschau Aktuell Baden-Württemberg, 23 March 2016.


Completed projects

  • SECTOR (2017, EU FP7): ‘Secure European Common Information Space for the Interoperability of First Responders and Police Authorities’
  • Privacy-Arena (2016, BMBF): ‘Research Project for a Cartography and Analysis of the Privacy-Arena’
  • SmartSec (2015, Media Democracy Fund): ‘How smart is “smart security“? Exploring data subjectivity and resistance’