Johann Čas is an economists with a technical background, his research focussing on information and communication technologies.
Born in 1957, he holds a degree in Communications Engineering from the Higher Technical College in Klagenfurt (1977) and a degree in economics from the University of Graz (1987). His master thesis discussed theoretical and methodological problems of regional taxonomy.
During his years of study he worked as a technical consultant in industrial automation projects. He has been a researcher at the Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 1988 and was one of the first scientists at this institute. He has worked on several aspects of the information society and on the societal impacts of information and communication technologies. Research in the past has focussed inter alia on technological development programmes, their impact on employment and regional development, information systems for policy makers, regulatory issues of new telecommunication technologies and privacy. His current research focus is on data protection and privacy in the information society, privacy-enhancing technologies and their deployment within ambient intelligence, security technologies and health related applications.
He coordinated the PRISE EU project, which used a participatory research approach to develop guidelines and criteria for privacy enhancing security technologies. Currently he is coordinating and participating in several FP7 projects on surveillance and security technologies with a particular focus on societal impacts and compliance with fundamental rights and values (in particular SurPrise). He is also acting as ethics reviewer and advisor of research proposals and projects.
His publication list reflects the various areas of research he conducted, the recent focus being on ambient intelligence.