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

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 Media 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. 

Partners & Supporters

The UMB Data&Society Lab was founded in 2018, thanks to financial support from IBM. Since then the lab has established various partnerships with government, business, and civil society. A big thank you goes to all our partners & supporters!



As of September 2022, the Lab will continue its operation now as part of the Institute for Democracy…


  We are pleased to announce two new internship opportunities with the Data & Society Lab at Matej…

Careers in Democracy Building

  Join us this Friday for a professional development event on international/diplomatic careers, featuring a host of wonderful…

The Tech Stacks of Czech and Slovak Untrustworthy websites

In a new paper for Communication and Smart Technologies, our team led by Dr. Jozef Michal Mintal mapped the back-end…

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