Ethics and responsibility in the digital age – what are the limits and who decides?

Driverless cars and household appliances that think for their owners self-learning algorithms and machine-based decision-making are raising ethical questions. What kinds of limits should we place on these developments and who decides? What ethical frameworks could work and which governance structures would enforce them?

Join us on 12 September at the Hertie School to hear Nicklas Lundblad, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations EMEA at Google, talk about Google’s current approach to ethical considerations, and to discuss responsible technology development with Klaus Müller, Head of the VZBV Federation of German Consumer Associations. The discussion is chaired by Andrea Römmele, Professor for Communication in Poilitics and Civil Society at the Hertie School.


Nicklas Berild Lundblad has served as Vice President of Google's EMEA public policy team since 2013. He joined Google in 2007 and has been their representative at the G7, European Internet Forum and Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. Among other positions, he is an adjunct professor at the KTH Royal Insitute of Technology, a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences in Sweden, and an Eisenhower Fellow.

Klaus Müller is the Executive Director of The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V. – vzbv) and has served in this position since 2013. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Consumer Centre of the Federal State North-Rhine Westphalia from 2006 to 2014.


Andrea Römmele is Dean of Executive Education and Professor for Communication in Politics and Civil Society at the Hertie School of Governance. Her research interests are comparative political communications, political parties and public affairs.