• Center for Digital Social Research

DATALAB – Center for Digital Social Research is an inter-disciplinary research center at the School of Communication and Culture. The center is based on the vision that technology and data systems should maintain a focus on people and society, supporting the principles of democracy, human rights and ethics.

All research and activities of the center is focusing on three contemporary challenges facing the digital society, that is the challenge of 1) preserving conditions for privacy, autonomy and trust among individuals and groups; 2) sustaining the provision of and access to high-quality content online to safeguard democracy; and 3) maintaining a suitable and meaningful balance between algorithmic and human control in connection with automation.

Recent publications

News & Activities

(Arkivfoto fra Jyllandsposten: Philip Davali)

2018.09.24 | DATALAB

New technologies don't always cause new problems. But they make them more visible.

Commentary by Ane Kathrine Gammelby and Anja Bechmann (in Danish).

2018.09.07 | Conference, DATALAB

Thinking Heads Reflect on ‘Thinking Machines'

How will ‘thinking machines’ impact our future lives? This is just one of the numerous questions discussed last week at an interdisciplinary AIAS conference, which focused on the challenges, applications and perspectives of neural networks, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Fake news is trust hacking and a threat to companies as well as democracy

2018.05.18 | Survival of Quality Content, DATALAB

Fake news is trust hacking and a threat to democracy and companies

If the consumers lose their trust in the institutions, as a result of fake news, it will also affect their trust in private businesses.


Anja Bechmann

Center Director
+45 5133 5138