• Webinar: Dynamics of the Global Arms Trade

    In this PizzaSeminar we take a closer look at the complex dynamics of the international arms trade. Adelaide Baronchelli, Assistant Professor at the University of Turin, presents the results of her latest research on this topic and provides additional insights into the significant ramifications of the arms trade on global security.

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  • Webinar: DARPA's Grand Challenges

    Robots, Underdogs, and DARPA's Grand Challenges: Prototyping collective identity within an emerging autonomous vehicle field. In this PizzaSeminar, Chris Hayter, Associate Professor at GeorgiaTech, gives an insight into how the Grand Challenges have shaped the research field of autonomous driving and what lessons can be learned from them for research and innovation policy, perhaps also for Germany and its numerous funding agencies. The Recording of the PizzaSeminar is now availabe among our Webinars.

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  • Analysis: Dark Crypto

    Blockchain technology and the cryptocurrencies based on it offer significant innovation potential for business and society. However, cryptocurrencies have at the same time become the primary payment method for certain criminal activities. In a study for the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Johannes Rieckmann and Tim Stuchtey provide an overview of the illegal uses of cryptocurrencies and formulate policy recommendations to limit their misuse.

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Economics of Security

The economics of security examines the provision of scarce goods and services that contribute to the state of security in a particular place. Security is defined as a function of Threat and Protection, with Security decreasing in the former and increasing in the latter.* This broad definition** encompasses […]

Cyber Security

BIGS is particularly dedicated to the economic and social dimensions within the research field of cyber security. Although cooperation between government, business and science regarding cyber security is improving on the national as well as international level, there is still […]

Capacity Building for Civil Security Research

BIGS not only participates in research projects itself, but actively strives to improve the research landscape through high-performance consortia. The institute has a large international network of users and research institutes in the field of civil security research. Through the […]

The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security

The Brandenburg Institute for Society and Security (BIGS) is an independent, non-partisan non-profit institute in Potsdam with the mission of building bridges between theory and practice to improve research in civil security through a multi- and interdisciplinary approach. Research at the institute seeks to analyze security issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and to supply needed insights into these issues, while at the same time strengthening Germany’s broader security architecture over the long term.

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