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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

"Chipkrise – wie Politik und Unternehmen gegensteuern"

May 17, 2022 | Computerwoche
With many billions of euros, European semiconductor production is to be revived. Lola Attenberger, researcher & project lead at the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT, explains why this industrial policy makes sense.

"Russische Cybertruppen können westliche Sanktionen aushebeln"

April 21, 2022 | ZEIT Online
In Russia's attack on Ukraine, the Kremlin has so far made limited use of cyberattacks. But that could soon change, explains Sandro Gaycken, founding director of the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT.

"Truppe gegen digitale Angriffe: das Cyber-Rapid-Response-Team der EU"

April 14, 2022 | Deutschlandfunk
Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, director of the Digital Society Institute (DSI) at ESMT, speaks about what could be expected from the EU Cyber Rapid Response Team during cyberattacks by Russia against EU countries.
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 21231-1661