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HumanTech Meetings II: Workplace surveillance technologies

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HumanTech Meetings II: Workplace surveillance technologies

The restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic have, to a large degree, changed the way we work. Across the world, those who can work online have moved from their highrise offices to the desks in their bedrooms and living rooms. For them the line between work and private life is slowly fading. Meanwhile, their superiors are busy devising ways of supervising the employees who perform their duties remotely. During the upcoming meeting in the HumanTech Meetings series (2nd edition), we will discuss monitoring and surveillance technologies in the workplace.

May 16, 2022 r.
17.15–20.00 CEST (UTC+2)

When surveillance violates privacy

Over the past two years, the percentage of white-collar workers working from home has significantly increased. Research indicates that remote work, whether entirely online or in a hybrid form, is here to stay for a longer time. This situation will require changes in labor law or team management models, to name just a few.

Employers want to supervise their staff, and workplace surveillance is not new. However, technologies enabling digital control are constantly evolving, and the solutions already in use may violate employees' privacy. How to find (and maintain) a balance between time tracking and efficiency management and the well-being of workers?

During the third meeting of the 2nd edition of HumanTech Meetings, we will focus on digital surveillance at work. We will introduce the existing technological developments and discuss how they affect employee stress levels, productivity, and comfort. We will also address legal and ethical concerns around tracking technologies.

Our keynote speakers will include Tara Behrend, who specializes in industrial psychology, and Karolina Marzantowicz, a cybersecurity expert. Konrad Maj, the Head of the Center for Social and Technological Innovation HumanTech at SWPS University, will open the meeting. The lectures will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Michał Boni.

Lectures will be held in Polish and English and will be translated simultaneously.

The event is held under the auspices of Strefa Technologii (Technology Zone) of SWPS University.

HumanTech Meetings

We live in an era of innovation, technological progress and digitalization. This current innovation drive may lead to unpredictable psychological and social outcomes. Therefore, it is crucial to establish collaborations between engineers, programmers, IT specialists and social scientists during initial phases of any new projects related to development of new technologies or services. Such collaborations may help to avoid mistakes and can support better development of new ideas.

The project is planned as a series of meetings, gathering academics and professionals from the technology sector from Poland and other countries. Each meeting will include two lectures, one delivered by a speaker from Poland and one presented by a guest from another country. The lectures will be followed by panel discussions, where panelists will represent different approaches to innovation and technology.

HumanTech Meetings is a project of SWPS University's Center for Social and Technological Innovation.

  1. Lecture 1: Surveillance is a fact – care about privacy in everyday life, invest in trust at work

    The same video streaming technology that allows grandma to chat with her grandchildren is used to spy on employees in the workplace or capture data in public places. The rise of e-commerce enables marketers to capture bits and pieces of information about consumers and their web surfing habits. Social media companies collect sensitive data about their users' activities, interests, and personal characteristics, to name a few. Many of these corporations will eagerly sell this data for commercial use. These are the darker angels of the digital age. There are many reasons why privacy needs to be protected. In this talk, Karolina Marztanowicz will share her perspective on surveillance and privacy. She will describe privacy and identity in the context of the digital world and everyday life. Furthermore, she will share her experience of building a values & mission-driven company, where trust replaces control and privacy has high value.

    Karolina Marztanowicz
    Karolina Marzantowicz

    Bridges the worlds of technology, business innovation, and psychology. She supports start-ups and mature organizations from the biotech & pharma industry in building modern and secure digital solutions, introducing emerging technologies, innovative products, and services. Karolina believes that technology enables business growth and innovation. She aims to create a positive impact on her clients’ businesses, the entire industry, and eventually the world. She is passionate about decentralized technologies, privacy by design, and cryptography. She is professionally associated with A4BEE.

  2. Lecture 2: Workplace privacy and surveillance

    Digital surveillance affects nearly all employees, and often the impact on their performance, work behavior, and stress is unknown. The technologies involved range from video monitoring to location tracking and automated email scanning and are in use for many different reasons. In this talk, Tara Behrend will describe the results from a meta-analysis of nearly 100 studies that have manipulated some form of surveillance. She will also share new data on post-pandemic changes in attitudes toward surveillance.

    Tara Behrend
    Tara Behrend

    Is an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University, where she directs the Workplaces and Virtual Environments lab. She is a Program Director for the Science of Organizations and Future of Work programs at the National Science Foundation. She is currently serving as president-elect of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Tara is also a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. She is an industrial and organizational psychologist with expertise in how technology affects the world of work.

Panel Discussion and Panelists

Aleksandra Brzozowska
Aleksandra Brzozowska

She has been working in the digital industry for 15 years. Initially, she created and developed websites, including,,, as well as websites and sections for special projects carried out by the Ringier Axel Springer Polska advertising office. Aleksandra is Head of the largest educational project in Ringier Axel Springer Polska - Impact Academy and Head of Business Insider Global Trends Festival, the most influential global conference for the digital industry. As Head of Knowledge Network, she designs and implements knowledge management systems for Ringier Axel Springer Group in Central and Eastern Europe. She is also a Member of the Board of the Digital Poland Foundation.

Katarzyna Szymielewicz
Katarzyna Szymielewicz

Is a lawyer specializing in human rights and new technologies. She is a co-founder and president of Panoptykon Foundation – a Polish NGO defending human rights in the context of surveillance. She is also an advisor to European Digital Rights association. From 2011 to 2016, Katarzyna Szymielewicz was a member of the Council for Digitisation in Poland, a statutory body advising the government. Since 2015 she has been a member of Ashoka – international network of social entrepreneurs. According to Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (Polish legal and business daily newspaper), she is one of 50 most influential lawyers in Poland.

The panel will be hosted by

Michal Boni
Michał Boni
Holds a doctoral degree in humanities. He is a former politician (1989-2019), Minister of Administration and Digitization (2011-2013), and a former member of the European Parliament (2014-2019). He is also a public policy negotiator specializing in public affairs. Dr. Boni is the author of “Poland 2030 Report” and several reports on youth. His professional interests include protection of personal data and development of the 5G network.

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Date and location

May 16, 2022 (Monday), 17:15–20:00 CEST (UTC+2)


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In 2021, the HumanTech Meetings project was granted an additional PLN 250,000 (EUR 52 828,75) by the Ministry of Education and Science (MEiN), as part of the funding scheme “Społeczna odpowiedzialność nauki – Popularyzacja nauki i promocja sportu” (Social responsibility of science – Popularization of science and sport), (project no. SONP/SN/514650/2021), project duration: 2022-2023, total value: PLN 305,472 (EUR 65 251,67).