Josef Weidenholzer, born in 1950 in St. Florian/Inn, is an Austrian Member of the European Parliament. As a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), he concentrates on digital issues, including privacy, net neutrality and data protection. Mr.Weidenholzer is Vice President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), responsible amongst other things for the Digital Europe Working Group (DEWG) and he is a member of the steering committee of the “Digital Agenda for Europe ” intergroup within the European Parliament.
Given his academic background as a professor for sociology at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz/Austria, his scientific priorities are social policy, the theories and international comparison of welfare systems, as well as political cultures and history. After several lectureships in Europe and overseas and research stays in the UK, Mr. Weidenholzer was visiting professor at the Staffordshire University. He has been professor emeritus since 2015 and he is a member of the advisory board of the scientific open access journal Momentum Quarterly .