De Digitale Samenleving

The Digital Society

We are living in a digital society, in which every aspect of our lives is profoundly being affected by the digitalisation of data: how we communicate and socialise; how we work, learn, stay healthy and participate in politics and the economy. Digitalisation promises tremendous benefits; for better health, more efficient mobility, efficient energy use, and flourishing companies. Yet it also raises complex challenges: new divides around access to and control of data; what it means to be human when we share the world with sophisticated artificial intelligences; identifying knowledge and truth amongst the deluge of information. To address these issues the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has brought together leading researchers from all fourteen Dutch universities to work together to address the many pressing questions raised by the emergence of a digital society. 

The Digital Society programme combines the expertise of over 30 leading professors in their respective fields and supports The Netherlands to develop technologies and applications that serve societal goals and interests The programme focuses on seven themes: Citizenship & Democracy, Responsible Data Science, Health & Well-Being, Learning & Education, Work & Organisations, Digital Cities & Communities and Safety & Security. The strategic alliance Leiden-Delft-Erasmus is participating in the The Digital Society with and extensive group of researchers from the three universities.

Prof. Andrea Evers, professor of Health Psychology, Leiden University, is theme initiator for Health and Well-Being > video-interview
Prof. Liesbet van Zoonen, professor of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, is theme initiator for Digital Cities and Communities > video-interview
Prof. Geert Jan Houben, professor of Web Information Systems, TU Delft, is theme initiator for Responsible Data Science.
Prof. Michel van Eeten, professor of Governance of Cybersecurity, TU Delft, is professor for the theme of Safety and Security.
Prof. Marcus Specht, professor of Digital Education, TU Delft, is initiator (from the Open University) for the theme of Digital Learning & Education. > video-interview 
Prof. Inald Lagendijk, professor of Information and Communication Theory, TU Delft, is programme coordinator for The Digital Society > video-interview 

Data principles
In addition to the seven themes, The Digital Society programme also focuses on four data principles: FACT, FAIR, ROBUST and SHARED. These four data principles are essential for understanding the social challenges and the opportunities of digitisation. Scientists, the government, the business community and other partners can apply these in building a better future with data.



Do you want to participate in the Digital Society programme?

Read the interview 'Digitisation is not something that just happens to us' with with Inald Lagendijk: click here
or watch the video with the three Digital Society programme coordinators: click here

Information and contact:
Find all information about the themes, researchers, news and events at The Digital Society website
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