Viktor Mayer-Schonberger innovation speaker

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

As an expert on information law and regulation, he has been advising businesses, governments and international organisations.


Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is the OII's Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. Earlier he spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Videos of Viktor Mayer-Schönberger


Keynote at the European Communication Summit 2015
Trusting Big Data
How to use big data to generate big spenders

Speaker Profile


About Viktor Mayer-Schönberger


Professor Mayer-Schönberger has published seven books, as well as over a hundred articles (including in Science) and book chapters. His most recent books are Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think was co-authored with Kenneth Cukier in 2013 and the awards-winning 'Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age' (Princeton University Press 2009) which which won the 2010 Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book and the 2010 Don K. Price Award for Best Book in Science and Technology Politics, as well as received favorable reviews by academic (Nature, Science, New Scientist) and mainstream media (New York Times, Guardian, Le Monde, NPR, BBC, Wired) and has been published in four languages. Ideas proposed in the book have now become official policy, e.g. of the European Union.


A native Austrian, Professor Mayer-Schönberger founded Ikarus Software in 1986, a company focusing on data security, and developed Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person-of-the-Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000.

In 1998 he joined the faculty of Harvard Kennedy School, where he worked and taught for ten years. After three years at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Mayer-Schönberger currently holds the Chair of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute.

He chaired the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy, is the cofounder of the SubTech conference series, and served on the ABA/AAAS National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists. He is on the advisory boards of corporations and organizations around the world, including Microsoft and the World Economic Forum. He is a personal adviser to the Austrian Finance Minister on innovation policy.

He holds a number of law degrees, including one from Harvard and an MS (Econ) from the London School of Economics, and while in high school won national awards for his programming and the Physics Olympics of his home state.

In his spare time, he likes to travel, go to the movies, and learn about architecture.

Speaking Topics


  • Information in the networked economy
  • Information Privacy: Memory and Forgetting in the Digital Age; i.e. The Datasphere Never Forgets
  • Governance in virtual worlds
  • Law, Entrepreneurship, e-government
  • Big Data? A Revolution That Will Change How We Live, Work, and Think
  • Cybersecurity: Strategies for the Networked World
  • Innovation through Information Flows

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Books By Viktor Mayer-Schönberger


  • Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age (New in Paper) by Viktor Mayer-Sch?nberger (2011)
  • Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier (2013)

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