SODAS Data Discussion, Kristoffer Pade Glavind & Kristoffer Albris

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Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science (SODAS), is pleased to announce that we are continuing the success with SODAS Data Discussions this spring.


SODAS aspirers to be a resource for all students and researchers at the Faculty of Social Sciences. We therefor invite researchers across the faculty to present ongoing research projects, project applications or just a loose idea that relates to the subject of social data science.


Every month two researchers will present their work. The rules are simple: short research presentations of ten minutes are followed by twenty minutes of debate. No papers will be circulated beforehand, and the presentations cannot be longer than five slides.

Kristoffer Pade Glavind and Kristoffer Albris will present at this springs first SODAS Data Discussion the 8th of February.

Kristoffer Pade Glavind:
Are smartphone contagious? How smartphone use spreads in social settings

Smartphone use have been shown to correlate with chronic stress, emotional instability and depression- Still we know surprisingly little about what influences the use of smartphones. Using data from The Copenhagen Network Study and administrative data from Statistics Denmark, we wish to examine how one person’s smartphone use determine the smartphone use of his/her surroundings. To identify the causal effect, we will use a research design with exogenous variance from the reception of text messages from outside sources. Also working on the project is Andreas-Bjerre Nielsen and Asger Andersen.

Kristoffer Albris:
Ambivalent Intermediaries: The Role of Data Protection Officers in Denmark


With the acceleration towards a data-driven market economy and public sector, private companies and public institutions are changing their organizational setups to incorporate mechanisms for managing and governing data. While having employees that oversee the acquisition, storage and application of data is by no means new, the recent introduction of both national and international legislation (i.e. GDPR), has obligated companies, organizations and institutions – public as well as private – to appoint or hire Data Protection Officers (DPOs). This paper presents the research design and the very first research results of a project examining the introduction of Data Protection Officers in different contexts and domains in Denmark, with the aim of understanding what this new role means for the practical implementation of data ethical standards and mechanisms within companies, organizations and institutions. As such, the project aims at understanding the politics of data ethics in the Denmark, by honing in specifically on the role of DPOs as intermediaries between those that supply the data (citizens/users) and those that manage and benefit from that data (companies/organizations/institutions).

The SODAS Data Discussion will take place at SODAS' new location in building 1, 2nd floor, room 26 (1.2.26) of the CSS Campus, University of Copenhagen, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm.

If you have questions or want to know more, please write Agnete Vienberg Hansen at