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
Managing Director
Christina Patsioura
Senior Research Analyst, Emerging Technologies
Fabro Steibel
Executive Director

Kirill Ilnitski
Head of Department
Rahilla Zafar
Managing Director
Ulises Cortes
Scientific Coordinator, High-Performance AI

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
Responsible for Technological Transformation
Beatriz Belmonte
Advisor in Service Design for Public Sector
Kevin Bowman
Director, Policy Insights

Fernanda Campagnucci
Public Manager
Albert Cañigueral
Spanish Language Connector
César García
Social Innovation Group

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
Deputy director
Elkin Echeverri
Planning and Foresight Director

Grace Mutung’u
Mridhula Raghavan
Natalia Olson-Urtecho
Chief Innovation Officer

Marta Arniani
Elina Girne
President of the Corporate Counsel Commission
Flavia Rodriguez de Souza

Stefano Suardi
Dolors Vidal
Marketing Manager
Alexey ​Parabuchev
General Director

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
Senior Economist
Albert Cañigueral
Spanish Language Connector
Nicky de Groot

Mohamed Elimam
Project Manager
Eva Fabry
Mary Gray
Senior Researcher

Carlota Marzo
Public Policy Specialist
Seamus Nevin
Chief economist
Isaac Martin Barbero
Chief Cities & Communities Officer

Janaki Srinivasan
Assistant Professor

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
Big Data Project Manager
Artur Serra
Deputy director
Tarek R. Besold
AI Lead and a Senior Research Scientist

Lavinia Marin
Fabro Steibel
Executive Director
Atia Cortes

Victoria Anderica
Transparency Project Director

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
Post-Doctoral researcher
Renata Ávila
Sonia Navarro
Associate Director

Ali Hussein
Member Board of Trustees
Pieter van Boheemen
Ayden Férdeline
Technology Policy fellow

Molly Wilson
Senior Researcher & Designer