"Will we live in a beautiful Utopia or a dystopian Big Brother society?" Journalists, politicians, and even random acquaintances ask this question when they learn about my work with Big Data and cities. In fact, most researchers and practitioners working in the Big Data space have shared this experience.
Katja Schechtner holds a dual appointment with the MIT Media Lab in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines to create and build cities based on culturally sensitive use of data and technology. Currently she is also a visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts and the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria.
Katja is a consultant and advisor to the EU Commission, national governments, global start-ups, and venture capital funds and has published widely, including two books on Urban Data and Accountability Technologies. She previously headed the Dynamic Transportation Systems group at AIT. Katja places special emphasis on discussing the potentials and perils of Big Data with the general public as well as with experts. Therefore, she exhibits her work at international art and science venues and is frequently invited to give talks. Most recently, the government of Moscow hosted a speaking tour across Russia in which Katja discussed the challenges of “Data & the City”; and her work "Home Is, Where Your Phone Is" was presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016. Katja has served as a curator at Ars Electronica, the Technical Museum, and the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, the Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism, and VivaManila.