Welcome to the team, Linda Ehrhardt!

Linda is supporting us in the field of Public Relations and Communication for the osf and the EU project openwebsearch.eu. Get to know her in this quick interview.

Linda, please share your previous experiences and interests with us.

After studying cultural studies (with a focus on history) I most recently worked at a management consultancy. There, but also during my time as a working student in the municipality of Kirchheim near Munich, I was able to gain my first work experiences in fields of public relations as well as digital communication. Also I was able to get a good insight into the diversity of these professionell fields. I am also particularly interested in medicine, psychology and socio-cultural topics.

Three characteristics that describe you best?

Tolerant, empathic and loyal.

Why did this position at OSF convince you?
Even before applying, I was immediately very excited about the project and the organisation itself. Data protection has always been an important topic for me, and I even made it the subject of one of my term papers as part of the module Intercultural Studies. In it, I dealt with the transparent human being“ and Michel Foucault’s principles of power using Facebook as the example. So the job is not only associated with meaningful work, but also offers a variety of tasks and the opportunity to be creative and to actively help shape. All in all there’s room for personal ideas.

Why is especially the topic data privacy so important to you?
From Baby Boomers to Gen Z. We are all curious and looking for information on the internet. We quickly type the search terms into the common network monopoly and there they are, the countless results. But what actually happens to our data?
As a rather careful user, I already asked myself this question as a teenager. For answers, you first have to ask yourself the right questions. The Open Search Foundation sets a good example with the goal of a free, independent self-determined Internet search.

What would you call your personal search engine and why?

I would probably call the search engine Imperfectus. Man in his imperfection is constantly feeding in new data and information. At the same time there are always categories that are created and destined for decay, so that Internet search is likely to remain imperfect.

Great that you joined us! We’re looking forward to working with you. Welcome to the Open Search Foundation!

Linda Ehrhardt

Junior Consultant “Public Relations & Communication”