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Digital Society Institute (DSI)

Who we are

The Digital Society Institute (DSI) was founded in 2016 with a mission to bridge technology and society through research that places security and privacy at the center while considering social, business, legal and economic needs. In the short period of existence, DSI has become a trusted source for guidance on technological growth, ethics, and tech forecasting.

What we do

DSI researchers are permanent author to both academic journals and leading press. We conduct a number of research projects and work with companies as well as public institutions. The DSI hosts a large number of workshops on the latest technological subjects for both industry and the public, including topics such as: artificial intelligence, digital platforms, blockchain, and cybersecurity. Our flagship annual conference, brings in leading international speakers and hundreds of attendees from diverse backgrounds.

DSI in the news

"Das bedeutet die Huawei-Entscheidung für die deutschen Netze"

November 24, 2020 | Handelsblatt
Martin Schallbruch, deputy director of Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin, comments on the Huawei decision for the German networks.

"Wahlmanipulation im Netz: Warum auch die Bundestagswahl nicht davor sicher ist"

November 19, 2020 | Focus
Henning Christian Lahmann, senior researcher at the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT Berlin, talks about fake news in election campaigns and why the information war can also play a role in the upcoming federal election campaign in Germany.

"KI ist Motor der Digitalisierung, wir dürfen ihn nicht abwürgen"

November 9, 2020 | WirtschaftsWoche
Martin Schallbruch, deputy director of Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin, writes about the regulation of AI in Germany and Europe which could lead to a major competitive disadvantage.
Statement by S. Gaycken Bundestag
Cybersecurity in Germany
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Cyber Defense
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Deutscher Bundestag

"Resilienz von Demokratien im digitalen Zeitalter..." Statement on the digital vulnerability of EU democracies

by Dr. Sandro Gaycken (Director, DSI)

"Cybersecurity in Germany"

by Martin Schallbruch and Isabel Skierka
Denk ich an Deutschland-Konferenz

"Denk ich an Digitalisierung: Kann Europa den Anschluss schaffen, ohne seine Werte zu verraten?"

hosted by Martin Schallbruch (Deputy Director, DSI)
New Book by Dr. Sandro Gaycken

Cyber Defense - Policies, Operations and Capacity Building

The book serves as a unique reference for some of the most pressing challenges related to the implementation of effective cyber defense policy at a technical and operational level.

Digital Society Conference 2018: Empowering Ecosystems

Keynote by Evgeny Morozov


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Digital Society Institute
ESMT Berlin
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 21231-1374
Fax: +49 30 21231-9