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The Policy Lab

The Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society is a new organisational unit within the “Digitalisation and the Labour Market Department” at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

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  • Art collage about the topic "Work and Society 2040" - Link: Work & Society 2040


    Work & Society 2040

    Where will we be in five, ten, or even twenty years? The future appears more open than ever before. In order to address potential paths of development early on, the Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society is, within the framework of a new focus area, turning its attention to what work and society might be like in the digital context in the year 2040.

    3 articles
  • Picture collage about the topic of employee data protection - Link: Employee Data Protection


    Employee Data Protection

    The use of new digital technologies in the working world has led to more and more data being processed, including personal information collected from employees. How can employee data be protected? Trust in how sensitive data is handled is an essential requirement for socially acceptable advances in digitalisation.

    4 articles
  • Collage on the topic of artificial intelligence - Link: Artificial Intelligence


    Artificial Intelligence

    With an Artificial Intelligence strategy, Germany and Europe should become a leading location for the development and application of AI technologies. The goal is the commonsense and human-centered design of the technology. This requires an overall social dialogue.

    12 articles
  • [Translate to English:] - Link: Platform Economy


    Platform Economy

    Online platforms help organize and delegate labour to complete specific tasks in a manner which promises to increase in productivity and efficiency, as well as expand the horizons of those employed by the platform. What differentiates the platform economy from other economic sectors, and what risks and opportunities does it present?

    9 articles


What we do


What is the Policy Lab about?

The Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society from the BMAS has started work in October 2018. It is a new, interdisciplinary and agile organisational unit that observes technological, economic and social trends and helps to shape change together with academia, business and social partners.



  • Power and Cooperation

    »Power corresponds to the human ability not just to act but to act in concert. Power is never the property of an individual; it belongs to a group and remains in existence only so long as the group keeps together.«

    Hannah Arendt, 1970
  • Artificial Intelligence

    »Interaction is more powerful than algorithm.«

    Yvonne Hofstetter, 2014
  • Power and Cooperation

    »The spread of communication technologies on the worldstage will, above all, ensure that states and institutions lose a part of their of their power to the citizens.«

    Eric Schmidt, 2013