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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

"„Wir erleben den Sicherheitsgurt-Moment in der Cybersicherheit“"

September 26, 2022 | Tagesspiegel
In an interview with Tagesspiegel, Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, director of the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT, talks about the new opportunities at DSI, the challenges posed by Brussels regulations for small and medium-sized companies, and a general paradigm shift in cybersecurity.

"Hätte man das nicht vorher wissen können?"

July 31, 2022 | Golem
In his article for Golem, Nils Wehkamp, a researcher at the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin, talks about the similarities between legal texts and programming and their differences in practice.

"Cyber Symposium – Diplomatic Considerations for Armed Attack"

July 26, 2022 | Lieber Institute Westpoint
In her article for Lieber Institute Westpoint, Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, the Director of the Digital Society Institute at ESMT Berlin, writes about what constitutes an armed attack in cyberspace.
Deutscher Bundestag

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

by Dr. Sandro Gaycken (Director, DSI)
Book

"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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Contact

Digital Society Institute
ESMT Berlin
Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin

Phone: +49 30 21231-1661
E-Mail: dsi@esmt.org