Understanding and anticipating the consequences of digital technology in everyday life.


Rethinking an information society… decidedly human

Co-innovating between professionals and civil society

ISN takes on technological, legal, societal and economic challenges related to the emergence of the information society. With the participants in the digital sciences, the Institute closely combines researchers from the human and social sciences: jurists, legal specialists, economists, sociologists, etc., regulatory authorities and ethics committees, as well as experts on the relational world, acting in cooperation. More than 100 researchers are going to work together at the sites of the network in the field of Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies (ICST), Digiteo, created in 2006.

Promoting the maturation and appropriation of emerging technologies

Digital technology raises hopes as well as many fears of various kinds. It is present now from the media to biodiversity by way of safety, health, and other areas, and we evolve in a digital society that sometimes implicitly alludes to a sort of race for the consumption of innovations.

ISN has launched several challenges to the convergence of sciences and society:

  • How do we control our digital identity and the use of personal data?
  • What are some behavioural and economic models for e-education (MOOC, e-learning)?
  • What changes in the judicial, legal and ethical processes follow the arrival of digital technologies?

The ISN advantages

Research on digital technology is too often compartmentalised. By proposing an analysis of the impact of digital technologies in all its dimensions (economic, psychological, legal, sociological) and putting the uses (e-health, e-education, e-justice) and the users at the centre of the research, the research programs defined by ISN focus on the most currently advanced topics and marshal a wide array of methods (theoretical modelling, simulation, experiments, surveys).

The institute is based on a fertile ecosystem made up of many establishments – training (Télécom ParisTech, Université Paris-Sud, Ecole Polytechnique), research (Inria, CEA) – as well as companies (EDF, Orange), and the other projects supported by the Université Paris-Saclay (Ecodec (economics), DigiCosme (ICST)) to develop multidisciplinary research.



Cloud computing or “the cloud” designates a combination of processes that consist of using the power of calculation and/or stocking of remote computer servers through a network, generally the Internet. Thus, it involves dematerialisation of the computer infrastructure. Cloud computing is a change of trends: instead of obtaining power from calculation by acquisition of hardware and software, the consumer uses power made available by a supplier through the Internet. Unfortunately, the use of public networks, in the case of the public cloud, leads to risks related to the security of the cloud: additional risks of cyber attacks, violation of confidentiality, etc. France has anticipated the whole challenge of data science since the end of the 1970s, and we have a significant head start. One example is the strengthening of the objectives and powers of the CNIL (Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés – National Commission on Information Technology and Freedom) in 1995.


Mme Boujemaa Nozha