Tobias Matzner


Dr. Tobias Matzner is a professor for »Media, Algorithms, and Society« at the department of media studies at Paderborn University in Germany. He works on the intersections of (digital) techonology, (normative) social theory, and politics.

Recently, his research has been focused on the entanglement of technology with concepts of subjectivity, rationality, and autonomy. A second (and related) strand of his research deals with normative theories of privacy. In particular I am interested in ways of grounding the value of privacy beyond its traditional origins in liberal political thought.

Together with Jan Kalbitzer and Thorsten Quandt he coordinates a research project on the Internet and Mental Health, funded by the Daimler and Benz Foundation. In earlier research he has dealt with the ethical implications of using pattern recognition and other forms of automation in security applications.

He has studied philosophy and computer science in Karlsruhe, Rome, and Berlin and graduated in computer science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in philosophy in 2012 from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. After receiving his PhD he has been working at the Internatial Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities followed by a year at the department of philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York as a Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Humboldt-Foundation.