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Digital Society Institute

Digital Society Institute (DSI)

About us

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

"Kann Sicherheit einfach beschlossen werden?"

November 26, 2022 | Golem
Nils Brinker, a researcher at the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin, writes an article for Golem, where he discussed the NIS-2 Directive and its implications for IT security.

"Von Worten zu Taten – Der lange Weg zu Cybernormen"

November 23, 2022 | Tagesspiegel Background
UN negotiations on establishing rules of conduct in cyberspace have often threatened to fail. Yet they are elementary for the community of nations in cyberspace, says Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, director of the Digital Society Institute at ESMT.

"Geopolitik nach der Zeitenwende"

October 6, 2022 | ARD Alpha
Sandro Gaycken, director of the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT Berlin, speaks about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and what it means for Western security policy.
ITSR.sys Ergebnispräsentation
NATO CCDCOE Event Snapshot
Cyber Resilience Workshop Cover
Statement by S. Gaycken Bundestag
Cybersecurity in Germany
Upcoming Event

[ITSR.sys] Ergebnispräsentation: Ein Modell für ein Allgemeines IT-Sicherheitsrecht – Bestandteile und Verwertungsmöglichkeiten

8. Dezember 2022
Recent Event

NATO CCDCOE Cybersecurity of 5G Networks Report Launch

Shaping Cybersecurity Conference 2022

Cyber Resilience and Norms Workshop - Summary and Policy Recommendations

by Helene Pleil (Research Associate)
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

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Digital Society Institute
ESMT Berlin
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin

Phone: +49 170 4807442