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Stiftung Datenschutz

Founded 2013

The Stiftung Datenschutz (Foundation for Data Protection) was established by the German Federal Government in 2013. The non-profit incorporated foundation offers a neutral forum for debates around effective and efficient data policy and develops recommendations for privacy politics. Acting independently in the field of data privacy, Stiftung Datenschutz links politics and the public, academics and business. It complements existing organizations and initiatives while liaising closely with German data protection authorities on state and federal levels.

Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

Founded 2008

The 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.

Technologiestiftung Berlin

Founded 2009

Technologiestiftung Berlin is committed to transforming new ideas into reality and shifting projects emerging from Berlin’s scientific R&D community into action. It provides open information, software, and infrastructure to business, administration, and civil society. It also presents the options for applying them in Berlin based on practical examples.


Founded 1998

Location: Frankfurt am Main

The Zukunftsinstitut (Future Institute) is one of the most influential think-tanks in the German and European landscape on social, economic and digital trends research. Their consultants and researchers address the question of how to adjust to the newest trends, such as technological innovations, and perceive these as a chance for our future.