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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.



  • Focus

    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.

  • Focus

    Platform Economy

    Meal deliveries, driving services, household services, texting: work and services are increasingly being ordered via digital platforms. Denkfabrik has developed proposals for the BMAS on how the rights of platform workers can be strengthened.

  • Focus

    Artificial Intelligence

    With an artificial intelligence strategy, Germany and Europe are to become a leading location for the development and application of AI technologies. The goal is to shape the technology in a way that is oriented toward the common good and people.

  • Focus

    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. 

What is the
D — F 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

    »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

  • Artificial Intelligence

    »Interaction is more powerful than algorithm.«

    Yvonne Hofstetter, 2014

  • 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