The award ceremony will be held on November 7, 2019 at the Axel Springer Journalists’ Club in Berlin
The 2019 Axel Springer Award will be presented to Shoshana Zuboff. With the award, Axel Springer is honoring the work of the American scholar and author (“The Age of Surveillance Capitalism”) for her many years of scholarly critical examination of the effects of the internet economy on people and the working world. Billed as “An Evening for Shoshana Zuboff,” the Axel Springer Award will be presented on November 7, 2019 at a festive evening event at the Axel Springer Journalists’ Club in Berlin.
Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE, said: “Following the inventor of the World Wide Web, the founder of social media and the founder of the world’s largest e-commerce company, in 2019 Axel Springer is honoring Shoshana Zuboff with the Axel Springer Award for her courage and forthright stance in analyzing the problematic sides of the digital economy as well as her tireless efforts to remind us of our responsibility to be conscious of the personal and societal impacts of a data-driven economy on the public. Her innovative research on the dangers of ‘surveillance capitalism’ have changed the way we look at digital market behavior and has had a critical impact on the cultural acceptance of Big Data.”
The US-American scholar Shoshana Zuboff is Professor Emerita of Business Administration at Harvard Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She later largely shelved her lectureship as she did not support the school’s economic relationship to the digital economy. In countless commentaries and speeches, Shoshana Zuboff has been a regular presence in Germany as well, highlighting the effects of “Big Data” and calling for a “response to the arrogance of Silicon Valley.” She sharply criticizes the collection of personal data, in particular by global internet corporations like Google and Facebook, and describes their business models as “surveillance capitalism” which, in her view, “destroys the inner nature of man.”
With this year’s Axel Springer Award to Shoshana Zuboff, Axel Springer is honoring, for the fourth time, an outstanding personality who demonstrates exceptional innovativeness, who creates and changes markets, who influences the culture and fulfills their responsibility to society. The award recognizes achievements to date and encourages further steps. The first award-winner in February 2016 was Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook. In May 2017, the award was presented to World Wide Web-inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee. In April 2018, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon Inc, and owner of the “Washington Post,” was honored with the Axel Springer Award.
The format of the award ceremony is always tailored to the individual honoree. The Axel Springer Award is a prestige award without prize money. The winner is selected by the executive board of Axel Springer SE, following suggestions by employees or the general public.
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