The aim of VERS is to explore the extent to which participation of public transport users in the design of modern RFID-based transport access systems can change attitudes and thus promote greater openness to new solutions. To this end, the VERS team will research attitudes towards IT-based, especially RFID-based, transport access systems. Reasons for a negative attitude towards the system will be identified and investigated using practical examples. One question will be whether and to what extent participation represents a solution approach to weigh up benefits and costs on the individual level and to change attitudes. On the societal level, the aim is to break up the unproductive confrontation between the IT industry and critical civil society. This is not about gaining acceptance, but about giving citizens rights of self-determination in a digital world that is becoming increasingly confusing and triggering diffuse fears, and dealing with conflicts in advance through “privacy by design”.

Duration: 08/2015 – 07/2017
Client: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Team: Ansgar Düben
Project partner:
Wissenschaft im Dialog gGmbH
Technische Universität Berlin, Fachgebiet Arbeitslehre/Technik
Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
WISAG Transport Services Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH

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