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acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering

Founded in 2002

Location: Munich

acatech – Deutsche Akademie der Wissenschaften (National Academy of Science and Engineering) is the voice of the technological sciences at home and abroad. It provides advice on strategic engineering and technology policy issues to policymakers and the public. Experts from science, industry and civil society develop evidence-based proposals as input for the public and policy debate. The themes covered range from resources and energy supply to technological developments, securing the supply of qualified specialists and technology communication.



Founded in 2017

Location: Berlin

AlgorithmWatch is a non-profit research and advocacy organisation to evaluate and shed light on algorithmic decision making processes that have a social relevance, meaning they are used either to predict or prescribe human action or to make decisions automatically.

D64 – Center for Digital Progress (in German)

Founded in 2011

Location: Berlin

D64 – Zentrum für Digitalen Fortschritt (Center for Digital Progress) has set itself the goal of actively, constructively and creatively shaping the development of digitalization. D64 sees itself as a progressive think-tank that wants to achieve political changes beyond mere reflection. The think tank develops offline activities such as studies, surveys, book projects, journalistic work, discussion events, etc., as well as online activities such as writing political blogs, developing networks and campaign tools.

Initiative D21 (in German)

Founded in 1999

Location: Berlin

Initiative D21 is Germany’s largest non-profit network dedicated to a digital society comprising of key actors in business, politics, civil society, science and academia. Mandated by both the public and private sector, they aim to have some of the brightest minds working together to illuminate the social challenges presented by the digital age, provide annual surveys on current developments and stimulate debates in order to shape the future of our digital society.

Internet Economy Foundation

Founded in 2016

Location: Berlin

The Internet Economy Foundation (IE.F) was established as an inquisitive think tank, an independent advisor and a competent dialogue partner in the dynamic environment of digitisation and digital transformation. It aims to be an impartial organisation and a pioneering voice for politics, the economy and society. It provides information about the latest developments and defines the interests of the German and European Internet economy in a global context.


Founded in 2012

Location: Berlin

iRights.Lab is an independent think tank that develops strategies and practical solutions for positively shaping the changes in the digital world. It supports public institutions, foundations, enterprises, research performing institutions and policy makers to master the challenges of digitalization and to make the most of its many-layered potential. It brings in legal, technical, economic and socio-political expertise to bear on this work. Furthermore, iRights.Lab monitors complex processes, identifies relevant core aspects and structure information about the fast-paced innovations that come with the digital transformation, so as to clarify overall social and political trends and changes.

Competence Center for Public IT (in German)

Founded in 2013

Location: Berlin

The Kompetenzzentrum Öffentliche IT (Competence Center for Public IT, ÖFIT) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems is a contact point and think tank for issues of digitalisation in the public sphere. They follow a holistic approach that considers technical, social, legal, and economic aspects and factors. They highlight issues of the increasing digitalisation of society and provide policy recommendations for decision-makers in politics, administration and civil society. ÖFIT is funded by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior. ÖFIT also publishes the German Digitalization Index (in German).

Liquid Democracy

Founded in 2009

Location: Berlin

Liquid Democracy is an innovator in the field of participatory democracy. They are a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Berlin that likes to describe itself as a ‘Think & Do Tank’. The core of their work revolves around the development of Adhocracy, a free and open-source software and digital participation tool providing users with various civic participation tools. They employ digital technologies to integrate individuals in the decision-making process.

Open Knowledge Foundation

Founded in 2011

Location: Berlin

The Open Knowledge Foundation Germany is a nonprofit organization that advocates open knowledge, open data, transparency, and civil participation. The think-tank focuses especially on the following topics related to digital society: freedom of information, open data, open science and open culture.

New Responsibility Foundation

Founded in 2008

Location: Berlin

The Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, SNV) is an independent think tank that develops concrete ideas as to how German politics can shape technological change in society, the economy and the state. Issues of digital infrastructure, the changing pattern of employment, IT security or internet surveillance now affect key areas of economic and social policy, domestic security or the protection of the fundamental rights of individuals. The experts of the SNV formulate analyses, develop policy proposals and organise conferences that address these issues and further subject areas.