Walter Peissl holds a PhD in social and economic sciences and is an enthusiast in the field of technology assessment. His focus is on information and communication technologies.
Born in 1959 and raised in Graz, he studied economics and sociology at the University of Graz, where he received his diploma in 1985. In 1992 he completed his doctoral thesis on the sociology of white collar workers.
From 1984 to 1988, Peissl dealt with consumer protection issues in the Federal Ministry for Family, Youth and Consumer Protection and the Austrian Consumer Association. In 1988 he was one of the first scientific employees at the ITA's predecessor institution.
The focus of his work is in the field of the information society, the protection of privacy and on methodological issues of technology assessment. He has also been involved in or even led projects in virtually all subject areas of the ITA. He has been deputy director of the ITA since 1990.
His list of publications includes several books, most recently a collection of articles on technology assessment in Austria and numerous articles in journals and books on a wide range of topics.