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Digital Society Institute

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

"govdigital ernennt Martin Schallbruch zum CEO"

January 14, 2022 | eGovernment Computing
Since January 2022, Martin Schallbruch, former director of the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin, has been the new CEO of the nationwide cooperative govdigital.

"'Verdächtiges' Detail deutet auf Facebook-Hack hin"

October 5, 2021 | ntv
Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram services were down for hours and internal communication is collapsing. The company cites human error as the cause, but Sandro Gaycken, director at the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT Berlin, believes "suspicious" anomalies point to a hacker attack.

"Wenn Behörden von Cyberkriminellen erpresst werden"

September 17, 2021 | MDR Aktuell
Martin Schallbruch, director of the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT Berlin spoke about how the government and companies can protect themselves from cyberattacks.
Statement by S. Gaycken Bundestag
Cybersecurity in Germany
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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 21231-1661