Founded in 2018, UMB Data & Society Lab (UMB DSL) is a multidisciplinary center within Matej Bel University’s Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, dedicated to research, education and policy work on the intersection of technology and society.

We are a proud member of the Global Network of Internet & Society Research Centers – a group of academic institutions with a focus on interdisciplinary research on the development, social impact, policy implications, and legal issues concerning the Internet

Digital Platforms and Society

Examining the digital infrastructure of digital platforms, their influence on social movements and policy around the globe and the shared principles, norms and decision making procedures that shape the use of these platforms worldwide. 

Cybersecurity and Society

Cyber threats are a global risk that government, the private sector, non-governmental organisations – and the global community as a whole – must deal with. In our work we examine the consequences of cyber technology for political and social affairs. 

A.I. and Society

The impact of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning on societies, government and international relations is an important area of research. In our work we seek to understand how these technological developments affect social order and the functioning of politics.  

Partners & Supporters

The UMB Data&Society Lab was founded in 2018, through a merger of two independently funded projects by IBM and the Scientific Grant Agency VEGA. Since then the lab has established various partnerships with government, business, and civil society. A big thank you goes to all our partners & supporters!



We are pleased to announce the launch of a new pilot project focused on digital platform governance in…

FAKESPOTTING – New research project on developing digital information literacy

FAKESPOTTING is an EU funded project within the ERASMUS K2 program. The project  focuses on the development of…

Agne Sileikaite and Filip Struharik join UMB DSL Advisory Board

We are thrilled to welcome Agne Sileikaite and Filip Struhárik as new members of our International Advisory Board.…

William Carbone joins UMB DSL Advisory Board

We are thrilled to welcome William Carbone as a new member of our International Advisory Board. William is…

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