Social Innovation

Digital Society: the Netherlands as a testing ground

All Dutch universities wish to give the Netherlands a new and appealing international profile: that of a leading nation in the field of digital technology oriented towards people and societies.


Our country can transform itself into a living ‘testing ground’, enabling a rapid exploration of how we can optimally tailor new technology to suit the needs of individual citizens and societies as a whole. Research plays a key role in this respect. A delta plan of this type for the new ‘digital society’ will give the Netherlands major social, scientific and economic opportunities.

In this e-magazine the VSNU – Association of universities in the Netherlands – present a number of Dutch researchers who are dedicated to the Digital Society. They show what is needed to prepare the Netherlands for societal and technological change.