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Dirk Helbing

Dirk Helbing is Professor of Computational Social Science at the Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences and affiliate of the Computer Science Department at ETH Zurich.

In January 2014, Professor Helbing received an honorary PhD from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Since June 2015, he is affiliate professor at the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at TU Delft, where he leads the PhD school in “Engineering Social Technologies for a Responsible Digital Future.”

Helbing’s published work includes more than ten papers in Nature, Science and PNAS. He has won various prizes, including the Idee Suisse Award. He also o-founded the Competence Center for Coping with Crises in Complex Socio-Economic Systems, the Risk Center, the Institute for Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP) and the Decision Science Laboratory (DeSciL).

While coordinating the FuturICT initiative (, he helped to establish data science and computational social science in Europe, as well as global systems science. A further result is the Nervousnet platform (

Helbing is an elected member of the German Academy of Sciences “Leopoldina” and the World Academy of Art and Science.

Articles by Dirk Helbing

Facebook & Co.: How to Stop Surveillance Capitalism

Facebook, Google & Co. are the new quasi-royal sovereigns. Their algorithmic de-facto laws do not require the approval of any of our parliaments.

April 26, 2018

Google and the Birth of a Digital God?

A question that not only science fiction lovers should ask is: What future do we want to live in?

December 25, 2017

Digital Fascism Rising?

Can we still stop a world of technological totalitarianism?

October 20, 2017

We Need Peace Rooms, Not War Rooms

A proposal for the pro-social use of big data intelligence

September 21, 2017

The World Today: A Net Assessment

Is the call for a global emergency mere alarmism? Or do we really have reason to be alarmed?

September 12, 2017

Part VII: Principles For a “Golden Age of Prosperity and Peace”

Ethics is not about putting obstacles in people's way, but about fundamental success principles for a prosperous and peaceful society.

August 26, 2017

Part VI: Digital Upgrade of Democracy (“Digital Democracy”)

We need social systems that are able to produce better solutions to complex problems.

August 25, 2017

Part V: Reform of the Financial System

A “socio-ecological finance system” would be efficient, innovation-friendly and democratic at the same time.

August 24, 2017

Part IV: Upgrading Today’s Capitalism

Capitalism in its current form is neither fair nor sustainable.

August 23, 2017

Part III: A New Social Contract

It is time to work out a new social contract that allows everyone to lead a proper life and determine it to a larger extent.

August 22, 2017

Part II: Rethinking the World Economy: From Push to Pull

If we changed our throw-away society, there would be enough resources for everyone.

August 21, 2017

Part I: The Moral Duty of the Elites

It is the moral duty of the elite to avert global disaster.

August 20, 2017

How To Make Democracy Work in the Digital Age

Digital democracy has the ultimate benefit that it supports society’s historical achievements.

August 6, 2017