About DFS

Digital Future Society (DFS) is a global think tank that connects experts, policymakers, civic organizations and entrepreneurs with the mission of understanding and engaging with the legal and ethical challenges and opportunities of digital transformation.

The mandate of DFS is rooted in the idea that a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable future in the digital era must be co-created by citizens.

To this end, Digital Future Society will drive the scope and framework for an updated social contract: a new set of human rights for the digital era.


by understanding our challenges and creating new knowledge

The programme brings together leading experts from various areas to share their vision, projects, and ideas. They engage online and in person to exchange opinions and insights, debating with and pushing society to design its own future.


by delivering useful tools and solutions that address real challenges

DFS creates materials, toolkits, prototypes, guidelines, and publications to help move citizens to action and tackle the challenges resulting from digital disruption.


by promoting civic and social entrepreneurship

The programme transforms social and citizen-driven ideas into reality by bringing together a variety of stakeholders and iterating solutions that have proven their real-world value.

Inclusion & citizen empowerment

Empowering citizens to take control of their digital lives and habits.

Public innovation

Rethinking public services to promote knowledge and collaboration.

Equitable growth

Building platforms that involve citizens in the social decision-making process.

Digital trust & security

Creating security and data privacy solutions that are available to everyone.

How exactly will DFS develop a new social contract for the digital era?
Through three main activities:


A global initiative focused on commissioning research that creates new knowledge on challenges emerging from the design, use, and governance of digital technologies.



A clearinghouse that identifies marketable solutions to prototype and overcome social challenges.



Events and spaces to share knowledge, experiences and tools that inspire citizens to tackle current challenges.

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Audrey Tang

Digital Minister of Taiwan

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Andrew Axelrod

Chief Strategy Officer for the UN Foundation

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Andrew W. Wyckoff

Director of Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD

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Carlota Perez

Researcher and Professor at LSE, IIPP-UCL, SPRU & TUT

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Daria Tataj

Founder, Tataj Innovation and Chair of High-level Advisors to European Commissioner for Science & Innovation

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Jeff Merritt

Head of IoT, Robotics and Smart Cities for the World Economic Forum

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Joan Clos

Former Mayor of Barcelona and Former Executive Director of UN-Habitat

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John Hoffman

CEO and Director for GSMA

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Mariana Mazzucato 

Founder and Director, Institute of Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL

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Mats Granryd

Director General of the GSMA

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Michelle Greenwald

Founder at DigitaLatest

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Rahilla Zafar

Managing Director at ConsenSys

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Renata Avila

Executive Director, Smart Citizenship Foundation

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Rufus Pollock

Founder and President, Open Knowledge International and Datopian

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Saskia Sassen

Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology

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Alexis Roig

CEO, SciTech DiploHub

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Alicia Richart Ramón

General Director, digitalES

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Anna Cucurull

CEO, A Piece of Pie

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Anna Majó

Digital Innovation Director, Barcelona City Council

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Arantza Ezpeleta


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Artur Serra

Deputy Director, i2cat Foundation, European Network of Living Labs

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Boyd Cohen

Co-Founder, iomob

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Carme Torras

CSIC Research Professor, UPC

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Isaac Martín

Chief Cities & Communities Officer, Cabify

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Fran Chuan

Founder and CEO, DicereGlobal and InnoQuotient

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Javier Gimeno

Vice president, Cruz Roja Española

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Jesús Hernández Galán

Director of Universal Accessibility for Foundation at ONCE

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Joan Cornet

Director of the Digital Health Observatory

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Joana Barbany

Director General, Digital Society

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Josep Blat

Professor and Director, UPF Polytechnic School

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Josep M. Martorell

Assistant Director, Barcelona Supercomputing Center

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Mabel Palacín


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Malcolm Bain

Partner, Across Legal, Barcelona

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Mara Balestrini

CEO, Ideas for Change

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Mª Eugenia Gay

President, Barcelona Bar Association VP Spanish Bar Council

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Marc Cortes

Partner and General Manager, RocaSalvatella Assistant Professor of Marketing, ESADE

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Maria Mora

Director of Innovation, Foment del Treball

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Marieta del Rivero

Independent Board Director at Cellnex Telecom & President of International Women Forum Spain

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Marta Balenciaga

Department of Critical Infrastructures

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Mateu Hernández

CEO, Barcelona Global

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Miguel Ángel Cabra de Luna

Director of International Relations and Strategy, Fundación ONCE

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Miguel Vicente

Chairman, Barcelona Tech City & Serial Entrepreneur

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Nuria Oliver

Director of Data Science Research, Vodafone

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Paloma Domingo

General Director, Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology

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Pepe Serra

Director, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

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Pilar Conesa

Founder and CEO of anteverti and Curator of the Smart City Expo World Congress

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Pilar López

President and CEO, Microsoft Ibérica S.R.L

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Ricard Faura

Head of Digital Inclusion and Training Service in the general direction of digital society, Goverment of Catalonia

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Sara Gómez

Director of the ETSI of Industrial Design at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

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Xavier Ferras

Ass. Professor of Operations, Innovation & Data, ESADE & Executive Director, Business Custom Programs

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Xavier Marcet

President, Lead To Change

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Xavier Pont

Co-founder and CEO, Ship2B Foundation

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