• New Study: Single Wagonload Transport

    Single wagonload transport offers a close-knit, green transport network that ensures the resilient and sustainable transport of goods by rail. Despite existing capacity bottlenecks on the roads, forecasts nevertheless predict increasing numbers of road freight transport. Targeted support measures are therefore necessary to increase the attractiveness of single wagonload transport. How this can be achieved is described in a new study (in German).

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  • Webinar: Data Embassies

    Visiting Fellow Ransom Ngenge discusses the potential benefits of data embassies within the context of Germany’s digital economy. On the one hand, accepting to host data embassies of other countries on its national territory can bring various benefits to Germany. On the other hand, Germany can exploit the opportunity to open data embassies overseas that will strengthen its data security and solidify its status as a pioneer in data protection and digital diplomacy. The recording of the PizzaSeminar is now available.

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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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