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Lola Attenberger
Researcher & Project Lead, Digital Society Institute
Lola Attenberger is researcher and project leader at the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin. Currently, her research focuses on the interrelation between digital-, economic- and security policies. She explores quantitatively how to measure digital sovereignty with the help of machine learning techniques as well as qualitatively the nation state's initiatives to achieve that goal (e.g. through the European Chips Act).

Besides that, Lola Attenberger leads the research project concerning Berlin’s critical infrastructures protection against cyber threats. The Berlin Senate commissioned the Digital Society Institute with this project. In collaboration with the Senate and critical infrastructure providers, based on the ISO 27000-series, Lola Attenberger developed a model for an Urban-Cyber-Risk-Analysis. This model is a pioneer model, aiming to function as a basis for an international standard to improve local cyber crisis prevention. The model entails in addition to technical and organizational risks, cross-sectoral risks on the meta-level.

In addition, Lola Attenberger conducted a comparative cybersecurity strategy analysis between the United States, Germany and China besides exploring the industrial policies of China and Brazil in a long-term analysis. During her studies, Lola Attenberger worked for the in several positions in the public and private sector: i.a. in the German Foreign Office, German Bundestag, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development as well as in research besides leading administrative and volunteer positions at her universities.

In her role at DSI, Lola Attenberger is as well an author and editor of the monthly DSI Cyber Policy Digest. Besides that, she co-authored the position paper from Xayn and the DSI on the application of masked federated learning in the public sector, she spoke at Webcasts, Tech Policy Events, moderated the Technology part of the Cybercrime Conference 2021 and proposed improvements for the German Cybersecurity Strategy, IT-Law and Coalition Treaty.

During her studies in Finland, Brazil and Germany, Lola Attenberger was voluntary engaged in several initiatives concerning digitalization and sustainability. She developed a concept and advocated for digital elections at the HWR, making it the first public university in Berlin with digital elections. Lola also founded the Sustainability Club at the HWR and won twice the Engagement Prize: first for her initiative GemeinSchafftNatur and second the contribution to FiscalFuture.

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Lola Attenberger

+49 151 5446-2229

Researcher, Digital Society Institute (DSI), ESMT Berlin

  • MA (Berlin School of Economics and Law)
  • BA (University of Fortaleza)
  • BA (Berlin School of Economics and Law)