How to develop and apply principles of (good) governance in digital societies?

Governing the Digital Society is one of Utrecht University’s focus areas that promotes research on the social processes of datafication, algorithmisation and platformisation. Our basic research inquiry revolves around the question: How to develop and apply principles of (good) governance in digital societies? Such principles often include tradeoffs between conflicting (public) values, such as privacy versus security, accuracy versus democratic control, fairness versus efficiency, etc. 

Central to our research effort will be the strengthening of independent and public institutions in the digital era by making them more transparent, accountable, and responsible. We study these value-negotiations within and across societal sectors, trying to discover general rules for fair governance at various levels: institutional, local, national, and transnational (EU).


Algoritmization and citizen trust
13 February 2020
For the project ‘Value-Sensitive and Transparent Algoritmization: Key to Building Citizen Trust?’ a research team will work in close contact with the police.
Foto van Nasa, de aarde vanuit de ruimte met netwerken van lichtjes
6 February 2020
Professor Maarten Goos of Utrecht University is guest editor of a journal, welcoming papers on AI, big data, robotics, the digital transformation and labour.
30 January 2020
The 'Datawerkplaats' celebrates its one-year anniversary. The cooperation was founded to develop knowledge about data use.
Prof. dr. Jose van Dijck. Foto: Ed van Rijswijk
7 October 2019
The research is part of a larger European research project called 'Policy, Expertise, and Trust in Action (PEriTiA)'.
4 September 2019
Prof. dr. Anna Gerbrandy is one of six Utrecht University researchers who receives an ERC Starting Grant.