Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Bestselling Author, Visionary Thinker and Big Data Expert

why book viktor?

  • Founder of Ikarus Software, Viktor developed Virus Utilities, a best-selling Austrian software product, earning him recognition as a Top-5 Software Entrepreneur
  • Achieving success in the International Physics Olympics and the Austrian Young Programmers Contest, Viktor has a strong academic background in physics
  • With eleven published books, including the international bestseller “Big Data,” Viktor is a sought-after public speaker and expert on new economy and information society issues


Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, part of Oxford University. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

After successes in the International Physics Olympics and the Austrian Young Programmers Contest, Mayer-Schönberger studied in Salzburg, Harvard and at the London School of Economics. In 1986 he founded Ikarus Software, a company focusing on data security and developed the Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person of the Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000. He has chaired the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy in the New Economy, bringing together leading strategists and decision-makers of the new economy. In 2014 he received a World Technology Award in the law category for his work.

He is a frequent public speaker, and sought expert for print and broadcast media worldwide. He and his work have been featured in (among others) New York TimesWall Street JournalFinancial TimesThe EconomistNatureScienceNPRBBCThe GuardianLe MondeEl PaisDie ZeitDer SpiegelWIREDArs Technica, and Daily Kos. He is also on the boards of foundations, think tanks and organizations focused on studying the information economy, and advises governments, businesses and NGOs on new economy and information society issues.

He has published eleven books, including the international bestseller ‘Big Data‘ ( co-authored with Kenneth Cukier, translated into more than 20 languages) and the awards-winning ‘Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age‘. He is the author of over a hundred articles and book chapters on the governance of information.

In his spare time, he likes to travel, go to the movies, and learn about architecture.


Big Data – A Revolution That Will Change How We Live, Work, and Think

Information Privacy: Memory and Forgetting in the Digital Age; i.e. The Datasphere Never Forgets

Cybersecurity: Strategies for the Networked World

Innovation through Information Flows