The Digital Future Society Think Tank conducts action-oriented research and dialogue around ethical, legal and inclusion challenges with the aim of proposing relevant new principles, strategies, and solutions.

The Think Tank operates with a global vision and cross-sectoral approach to exploring the challenges and opportunities emerging from the design, use, and governance of digital technologies. Solutions and policy recommendations resulting from the Think Tank’s work are designed to empower policymakers to anticipate challenges and leverage opportunities of the digital age.

The Digital Future Society Lab offers an environment to experiment with these outcomes by implementing local initiatives to prototype, pilot and share lessons and best practices around the governance of digital technologies.



Working Groups

Where emerging tech meets government: blockchain and AI

When it comes to emerging technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence, governments face major challenges in separating hype from reality and making sense of competing narratives around each technology and its impact.

Team – Public Innovation

Agnes Budzyn
Christina Patsioura
Fabro Steibel

Kirill Ilnitski
Rahilla Zafar
Ulises Cortes

Policy making in the digital era: govtech and citizen engagement

At a time when public trust in institutions is low, governments worldwide are seeking new ways to involve citizens in policymaking. But does technology help or hinder when it comes to participation?

Team – Public Innovation

Paloma Baytelman
Beatriz Belmonte
Kevin Bowman

Fernanda Campagnucci
Albert Cañigueral
César García

Digital cooperation to bridge digital divides

Bridging the gap between the private sector and policymakers is an essential first step in bridging digital divides. A more nuanced, holistic and actionable understanding of how stakeholders must collaborate in the digital era is therefore required; not only at the level of the individual of access to the internet, but with a view to reducing socioeconomic disparities and promoting equitable growth across society as a whole.  

Team – Equitable Growth

Balaji Parthasarathy
Artur Serra
Elkin Echeverri

Grace Mutung’u
Mridhula Raghavan
Natalia Olson-Urtecho

Marta Arniani
Elina Girne
Flavia Rodriguez de Souza

Stefano Suardi
Dolors Vidal
Alexey ​Parabuchev

The future of workers and the rise of digital labour platforms  

The rise of digital labour platforms generates new challenges
for policymakers, employers,social protection institutions and workers, while it also makes visible
 other underlying challenges connected to the wider issue of the rise of atypical forms work in general. 

Team – Equitable Growth

Oliver Azuara
Albert Cañigueral
Nicky de Groot

Mohamed Elimam
Eva Fabry
Mary Gray

Carlota Marzo
Seamus Nevin
Isaac Martin Barbero

Janaki Srinivasan

Data ethics and the challenge of digital privacy 

The landscape of data ethics is complex, and many challenges emerge when trying to define and engage with it, especially when nascent digital technologies such as artificial intelligence or edge computing are involved. What kind of data governance tools and solutions can help transform ethical principles into practice?

Team – Digital Trust & Security

Marc Blasi
Artur Serra
Tarek R. Besold

Lavinia Marin
Fabro Steibel
Atia Cortes

Victoria Anderica

Business models that reinforce transparency and privacy

Opaque business models make it harder to trace the collection, use, and exploitation of personal data. How can policymakers identify and support SMEs with business models that reinforce transparency 
and privacy when it comes to data-handling practices?  

Team – Digital Trust & Security

Cristian Barrué Subirana
Renata Ávila
Sonia Navarro

Ali Hussein
Pieter van Boheemen
Ayden Férdeline

Molly Wilson